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Isabel: The Intimate Story of Isabel Allende

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Biopic has political violence, sexual relationships.

TV Max Drama 2021
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Biographical films and series often crumble under the burden of having to produce something that is not only believable and dramatic, but accurate to real life. Isabel is well-made and well-acted (though the English dubbing makes it feel more like a Studio Ghibli than a serious drama), but its depiction of real life comes off as cliched. The series finds Allende struggling to balance work with family, embracing feminism, and discovering herself. In other words, it follows the same outline of a ton of other biopics, without giving viewers a real idea of what makes Allende or her work unique.

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