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Losing Alice

By Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tense, complex erotic thriller has sex, alcohol, drugs.

TV Apple TV+ Drama 2021
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The latest show about a middle-aged, economically fortunate woman whose life is upended (a la Big Little Lies, Dead to Me, The Undoing) is simultaneously mundane and shocking, engaging and enraging. From the two strangers' first "accidental" meeting on a train, young screenwriter Sophie begins to insinuate herself into Alice's life in a way that makes viewers say "Run!" but also "How far will she go?" In Losing Alice the camera stays on Ayelet Zurer's face as the title character for long stretches, revealing her emotions far more than her words do. Alice is annoyed but intrigued with Sophie, then turns jealous as she learns that her husband is attached to star in the movie Sophie has written (about a young woman who kills herself when she learns her best friend is sleeping with her father), and as time goes on she's delighted, inspired, aroused, and frightened by her.

Instead of Losing Alice, the show could be called "Finding Ayelet" -- the actress herself is more thrilling than the material itself, which can feel predictable. If Zurer's captivating performance here is any indication, she has a long successful career still ahead of her.

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