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By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Sometimes-violent British mystery has supernatural elements.

TV Netflix , BBC Drama 2018
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This story begins with a pair of unsettling, perhaps supernatural, on-screen deaths -- the kind of scenes designed to get under your skin -- but after that, everything feels like a pretty by-the-numbers British mystery show. Clues take the protagonist to a small town where she slowly discovers that everyone had some sort of involvement in a years-old crime that's haunted them for most of their lives. This is a formula that, while undeniably satisfying, has been in use for a hundred years -- from Agatha Christie to Broadchurch.

Requiem is unique in that it steeps its mystery in elements of supernatural and psychological horror and gives its characters a real live haunted house to live in. That, and it ingeniously makes its protagonist, Matilda Gray, a cellist -- to give all the morose, haunting string music a practical feel. But, like a classical requiem mass, Requiem moves at such a deliberately slow tempo that the show's paranormal elements lose their impact, and unraveling the mystery feels tedious and rote.

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