A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Produced to mark the 25th anniversary of the flood, and points to how the government's failures led to the crisis. Sexism and family are also themes.
Positive Role Models
No one has their hands clean in this series, but some cast members are more willing to accept the fact that floods were a real problem that required immediate solutions. People are also shown helping others.
The series features male and female Polish and German professionals, and reveals some sexist work environments.
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Violence & Scariness
There's a sense of fear and frustration throughout the series. There are some angry arguments. Dead animals and damage is shown, but those who die are not. A hunting scene shows a doe that's shot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One episode features a brief sexual encounter with people partially taking their clothes off. Previous romantic relationships are revealed over time.
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There's lots of cursing, including words like "d--k," "f--k," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of cigarette smoking. Addiction is a theme, and a character consistently takes methadone and pills.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that High Water is a Polish drama (available subtitled and dubbed in English) inspired by the July 1997 millennium flood that devastated parts of the Czech Republic and Poland. There isn't a lot of violence or images of human suffering, but deaths occur off-screen and people are shown looking for loved ones. One episode also contains a brief sexual encounter (but no nudity). There's lots of cursing and cigarette smoking, and drug addiction is a theme.
Is It Any Good?
The Polish series combines fact and fiction to highlight how the city of Wroclaw was devastated by the July 1997 millennium flood. The imagined storylines reveal the politics and cultural norms of the time, while pointing the finger at the government's history of mismanagement, as well as its bad decision-making before, during, and after the disaster. These narratives are combined with archive footage of the flood to underscore the catastrophic impact of those failures. However, most of the drama in High Water comes from the personal relationships between the characters, some of which are slowly revealed as events move forward. It's not the most action-packed series, but these connections make it entertaining.
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