A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series is based on Brazilian folklore that will be unfamiliar to most viewers.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sexual content, but at one point we see a naked male body curled up.
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Occasional swearing. The lead says someone can "get f--ked." "Hell" is also used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some scenes take place in bars; adults drink.
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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.
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.
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