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La Jauria

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Rape, gendered violence, language in Chilean mystery series.

TV Max Drama 2019
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Affecting and intriguing if predictable and cliched, this Chilean drama takes on nobly feminist themes and has enjoyable twists, but the plot is too gimmicky and the characters too thin. Granted, everyday sexism and misogyny can be hard to capture cinematically; it's a lot more subtle than a fictional online game that ropes high school boys into ritualized abuse of girls. So La Jauria's central device comes off as a bit silly, something that might be the centerpiece of an episode of Law & Order: SVU. It's also notable that La Jauria's characters tend to be split along gender lines -- women and girls are either suffering victims or benevolent protectors; men and boys are either actual abusers or apologists.

For all that, the zigs and zags La Jauria takes are grabby. It's hard not to care about the chorus of impassioned high school students who want to see an abusive teacher punished and their missing schoolmate found. Antonia Zegers also makes an effective, stalwart, and gimlet-eyed detective on the Ibarra case. Her arc and that of her son, the bullied Gonzalo (Clemente Rodríguez) are arguably the most interesting that La Jauria has to offer. Unfortunately, their backstories play second fiddle to the plotlines about gendered abuse and the failure of authorities to believe women who report violence. Make no mistake, that's a truly valuable notion, but we can laud La Jauria's goals while being still a little disappointed in the execution.

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