Invisible City

TV review by
Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media
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Fantasy-mystery introduces teens to Brazilian folklore.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

One focus of the show is environmental conservation, a particularly pressing issue in Brazil.

Positive Role Models

Gabriela is an anthropologist doing work at a local village; she dies trying to protect her daughter. Her widow, Eric, is an environmental police officer; he works to uncover the secrets of the region, putting himself in danger along the way.

Violence

A man shoots a bird for sport, is stabbed with a flaming spear by a creature with a fiery head. Later, lead character's wife is killed in a forest fire when she's searching for her young daughter (who survives); we see her dead body. We also see the body of a dead pink dolphin, and then the human body that replaced the one of the dolphin.

Sex

No sexual content, but at one point we see a naked male body curled up.

Language

Occasional swearing. The lead says someone can "get f--ked." "Hell" is also used.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some scenes take place in bars; adults drink.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Invisible City is a Brazilian fantasy drama series with plenty of scary imagery, starting with the first scene: A man who shoots a bird is killed with a fiery spear thrown by a creature whose head is on fire. We learn later that this is the Curupira, a familiar character in Brazilian folklore, and one of many mythical entities that appear in the series. In the next scene, a young mother named Gabriela dies after she chases her daughter, Luna, into a forest fire. When her widower, Eric, views her body, he sees that her eyes are white. Later, a dead pink dolphin has transformed into a naked man's corpse, and he also has the jarring white eyes. There's a bit of strong language ("f--k" is used), and while there's no sexual content, a naked male body is seen curled up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygrandkaiser May 25, 2021

Engaging story

The story is interesting, and an insight to Brazilian folklore. There is a scene however where the breasts of woman unconscious on the seashore are fully shown,... Continue reading
Adult Written byshelly918 May 24, 2021
Teen, 13 years old Written bybasinho0211 February 20, 2021

Occasional Vulgarity and Suggestive Themes

Great show made in Brasil. Occasional sweating like F*** and S***, and contains some suggestive themes regarding a “dolphin impregnating a woman” and multiple s... Continue reading

What's the story?

The Brazilian series INVISIBLE CITY begins with a signal that this world hosts some curious inhabitants: A man who shoots a forest bird is killed by a creature whose head is on fire. We learn in the next scene that the mythical creature was the Curupira, a protector of the forest. Years later, young Luna (Manuela Dieguez), fascinated with this tale, wanders into the forest when she sees a small fire. Her mother, Gabriela (Julia Konrad), an anthropologist who was trying to save the nearby village, runs into the conflagration to find her and dies. Soon thereafter, Luna's distraught father, Eric (Marco Pigossi), an environmental police officer, happens upon a dead freshwater pink dolphin on a Rio de Janeiro beach, which leads him into a world of mythical entities with magical powers.

Is it any good?

Anyone craving a Supernatural-ish diversion has a fresh obsession in this series that encourages a deep dive into Brazilian folkloric figures. Invisible City creator Carlos Saldanha is best known for directing the Rio and Ice Age animated movies, but his live-action debut isn't for young kids. Characters die in violent and disturbing ways, mythical creatures take on various forms, and the atmosphere is creepy and unpredictable.

In the seven episodes, Saldanha depicts a modern Rio de Janeiro inhabited by mythical creatures that will be new to most viewers outside of Brazil: Curupira, a forest protector who kills a man in the first scene; Saci, a prankster; a mermaid-like Lara; and more. Delving into the role of these figures in Brazil is part of the fun of this show and may encourage research outside the scope of the series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of movies and TV series inspired by centuries-old fairy tales. How does this series compare to others? What is it about these stories that continues to hold our attention? Are the original stories recognizable in this show?

  • What else do you know about Brazilian culture? What are some other shows or stories or authors you're familiar with that represent or celebrate the culture and country of Brazil?

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