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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Intimacy (a.k.a. Intimidad) is a Spanish drama that is both suspenseful and socially relevant. Sexual cyber crimes committed against women are a major theme, as are people's attitudes about them. A suicide takes place, and physical assaults are shown, and often lead to injuries. There's strong sexual innuendo, and simulated sexual acts are featured with some moments of nudity. Cursing is frequent (and dubbed and translated for English speakers), and cigarette smoking and drinking are frequently visible.
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What's the Story?
INTIMACY (a.k.a. Intimidad) is a Spanish series about a group of women fighting back against the intentional violation of their privacy. Bilbao's Deputy Mayor Malen Zubiri (Itziar Ituño) is seeking her political party's nomination for the next mayoral run. When someone leaks a video of her having sex on the beach with a stranger, she is pressured by her colleagues to end her campaign. Meanwhile, authorities have informed local school teacher Bego (Patricia López Arnaiz) that her younger sister Ane (Verónica Echegui) committed suicide after intimate pictures of her were circulated around the factory where she worked. Most people believe that Malen and Ana brought this upon on themselves, and are causing problems for those closest to them, rather than characterize what has happened as a crime committed against them. But investigator Alicia Váquez (Ana Wagener) is committed to finding out who did this to the women, and to making sure that they are prosecuted.
Is It Any Good?
This well-written series, which is told with the help of flashbacks, keeps viewers in suspense thanks to a complicated investigation that take takes audiences to unexpected places. However, the overall series addresses the way society characterizes online crimes and their victims, and the influence of inherently patriarchal ways of thinking. It underscores how easily people look past acts committed against victims, which range from the violation of their privacy, stalking, and sexual harassment both on and offline. How popular media contributes to the problem by exploiting the victims for its own purposes is also addressed. But Intimacy also focuses on the strength of three women to push against, and change, the existing narrative about what constitutes violence against women. It's a good story, and one that has a strong and clear message worth thinking about.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the importance of online privacy and safety. What kinds of things should people online do (or not do) to protect themselves? Even if someone doesn't actively try to protect their online privacy, should they ever be blamed if their privacy is violated?
What message does Intimacy send about what constitutes violence against women? Why do some people find it easy to blame women for having their privacy violated, or for being victimized online? Is this something that only happens to women?
- Premiere date: June 10, 2022
- Cast: Verónica Echegui, Itziar Ituño, Patricia López Arnaiz, Ana Wagener
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Drama
- Character Strengths: Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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