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The Mess You Leave Behind

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Solid murder mystery series has cursing, booze, lots of sex.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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This engaging mystery (which is subtitled in English) takes viewers on a deliberate, slow-paced journey that smoothly reveals both Viruca's and Raquel's stories in their own specific timelines. The narrative highlights the stark differences between them, and the way they are connected. There's plenty of dramatic irony, thanks to the audiences knowing more about Viruca's lived experiences than Raquel or anyone else in the cast.

It's entertaining, but some of the students' behavior, which is mostly designed to highlight Raquel's personal insecurities, is a little tough to negotiate. Meanwhile, folks may find some of Raquel's dream sequences, which sometimes appear as flashbacks, a little confusing, given the constant back-and forth between the two timelines. Nonetheless, The Mess You Leave Behind is still a compelling contemporary whodunit that will keep viewers wondering who is responsible for the victim's death until the end.

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