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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There isn't much in the way of positive messages. The story is about the drama that unfolds between flawed, selfish characters.
Positive Role Models
There don't seem to be any positive role models. Alice is insecure, her husband at first seems caring but later turns selfish, and Sophie would appear to be a psychopath.
Violence & Scariness
The series begins with a suicide (a young woman shoots herself) -- it's unclear if it was supposed to have "actually" happened or was depicted in a movie. The main young woman in the show has a verbally violent fight with her boyfriend that happens off camera.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In the first few episodes, Alice and her husband, David, have sex; we later see he has sex with Sophie (we don't know if this is real or in a movie). We do see him suck on Sophie's toes. Sophie also takes a nude swim.
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The words "s--t,"f--k," and "blowjob" are used -- they're spoken in Hebrew if you watch the un-dubbed version.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine, beer, and hard alcohol. At one point after overindulging, Alice fails a DUI test. We also see characters smoke marijuana -- one does so while driving a boat.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Losing Alice is an Israeli noir thriller series that focuses on the ennui of a middle-aged woman who was a celebrated director before having a family. A troubled but talented young woman is obsessed with Alice and choreographs ways to entwine their lives. A suicide is depicted in the first five minutes of the first episode, and we learn that another character (whom we don't meet) also committed suicide. Alice and others engage in such dangerous behaviors as driving while inebriated and swimming while drunk and/or high. The characters occasionally say "s--t," "f--k," and "blowjob." We see a couple of sex scenes involving Alice's husband (he's nude), as well as the young woman, Sophie's, back side and breasts.
Is It Any Good?
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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