A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Organized crime, romance, political corruption, mysticism, and amateur sleuthing are all themes. Love and family is also important.
Positive Role Models
Zacarías commits a heinous act out of love. Simón loved his wife, and is driven by hatred, anger, and vengeance to take down the syndicate that killed her. The syndicate is extremely dangerous, and the members are brutal.
The cast is Colombian.
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Violence & Scariness
Organ trafficking is a major theme. Kidnappings of adult and children are visible, a shooting happens, and parts of of the heart harvesting process is shown. Bloody wounds and incisions, as well as gory images of a human heart being handled, are visible in various episodes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's strong sexual innuendo, including simulated sex acts and partial nudity (bare breasts, partial buttocks). Stripping is visible. Romantic entanglements and a marriage of convenience are themes. There are also references to infidelity. Crude language is also audible.
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There's lots of curses in Spanish, which are translated to curses like "s--t" and "f--k." are audible (in Spanish and in the English dub).
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Products & Purchases
Apple products, Range Rovers, and other brands are sometimes visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer, hard liquor, champagne) and cigarette smoking is frequently visible. Cocaine use leads to an overdose.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Marked Heart is a Colombian drama featuring mature themes, including kidnapping, organized human organ trafficking, and political corruption. It features some gory scenes of organ harvesting, as well as fights, shootings, and bloody injuries. There's strong innuendo, including nudity (bare breasts, partial bottoms), romantic entanglements, infidelity, and a marriage of convenience are all themes. There's lot of cursing in Spanish (though some are translated), and drinking and cigarette smoking are frequently shown.
Is It Any Good?
This dark thriller, which is dubbed in English on Netflix, is full of twists and turns designed to keep viewers engaged until the last moment. It's also very much a soap opera, thanks to its multiple plot lines, ensemble cast, and relationship drama. Its premise, the essence of which stems from Colombia's history of organ trafficking and transplant tourism, is both disturbing and morbid, especially since it allows viewers to see what exactly happens to Valería once she is abducted. The strange love triangle that emerges as a result of these events only adds to this. Meanwhile, The Marked Heart shoves a combination of stories about organized crime, romance, political corruption, mystical fantasy, and amateur detective work into a handful of episodes, making it feel very dense. Some may find all of this to be too much of a stretch, and will find it hard to tune in to. Others will simply view it as a contemporary approach to the traditional telenovela and just go with it.
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