Wednesday, October 20

“The disorder you leave” and the boom of “Galician noir”

Promotional poster for the Netflix series The mess you leave

Promotional poster for the Netflix series The mess you leave

Netflix It already has its first Galician series of its own production. The mess you leave has risen to the number of the most viewed titles on the platform, rubbing shoulders with a heavyweight as it has been Lady’s gambit. In the year that Spanish series have swept in quality with titles such as Patria, Antidisturbios or La Veneno, it is not just anything. After having opted for incorporating very interesting titles from the Galician regional television (TVG), Netflix has chosen to produce its own titles set in those parts. And he has debuted with someone who could be considered from the house, the novelist and screenwriter Carlos Montero, which has given the platform another of its Spanish titles Elite. The disorder you leave, despite spending most of its scenes in a high school, abandons the adolescent plots to focus on other older characters. There is a harassment plot, but it is not the students who suffer it. They are the teachers, who have their own monsters hidden in the closet. Montero is the author of the novel on which this miniseries is based, but he is also responsible for the script and direction. So some fidelity to the literary material it must have, right?

Inma Cuesta (Madrid burns) and Bárbara Lennie are the two protagonists of this eight episode miniseries in which they play two women whose stories are told to us in parallel. It seems that the two are going to meet the same fate and the fun is in comparing the differences between the two plots. I think there is only one moment when the two actresses share the scene. It all starts with a death in mysterious circumstances. In the purest style of Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks, with a corpse floating in a river. Here the question could be Who killed Viruca? The investigation of this death will turn into a dangerous game, since behind the crime was hidden something much more murky than it might seem. There are secrets that can kill. One of the most surprising things about the plot is that it knows how to keep the suspense well until the final episode. In a series of crimes, we all always make our pools of possible suspects. Sometimes it hits right away, other times it takes a little longer. Each chapter ends with a twist of the script that leaves you glued to the armchair (known as cliffhangers) wanting more and that makes it a perfect candidate for marathon a weekend.

The miniseries knows how to create an oppressive atmosphere in the imaginary town of Novariz. One of those places where everyone knows each other and you don’t know if that’s good or bad, because everyone knows your secrets and it’s not very clear who can be trusted and who can’t. Beneath the plot there is a certain grounds of corruption. Everything is controlled by a system that is responsible for protecting the most powerful and that their excesses go unpunished. Also striking are those trusts with which students respond to their teachers. Come on, you laugh at the Euphoria teens.

In some way, the public had been demanding new settings for fiction. It was already good that all the series had to take place in Madrid or Barcelona. Not to mention the thousands of titles set in the U.S. The Galician forests and their small towns can play into plots that other large cities would already like for themselves and with their own atmosphere. Sometimes oppressive and they work perfectly in police plots. It is what has been called is to call the “black gallego“Galician noir for Anglophiles. It is also over with all the characters in the Spanish series having to speak with a neutral accent, to hide the origin of the actor. In La Peste we already saw how their characters spoke with an unmistakable accent Andalusian. The same has happened in another of the Spanish series of the year, Patria, where the Basque origin of its actors, their accent and their dialogues in Basque they helped the plot. Now it is the turn of the Galician actors. Even Inma Cuesta, one of the protagonists of El desorden que dejas, has had to make efforts to put aside her Andalusian accent and speak as if she had lived in Galicia all her life.

It was the adaptation of Fariña, the novel by Nacho Carretero, which put Galicia in the spotlight of streaming platforms. After being issued by Antenna 3, Netflix added it to its catalog and the miniseries could be seen around the world. The media giant soon began looking for new titles set in Galicia and that is how it got the rights to The taste of margaritas, TVG series and consolidated the phenomenon. It was the first title in Galician incorporated into the platform’s catalog. The second season has already been seen on Galician regional television and its arrival on Netflix is ​​expected in a few weeks. While the mess you leave was being prepared, HBO did the same and incorporated into its programming Dry water, co-production between TVG and Portuguese public television. Another guaranteed success. The thing will not stop there, since Amazon prepares its own Galician series for next year: 3 Paths, set in the Santiago’s road. It is not exactly a police genre but it is a different approach to the Xacobean Route of terror that Walkers proposed to us and that this summer did Orange from the other end of the Camino. On its way through Navarra. By the way, Netflix left the production of The Disorder You Leave in the hands of the producer Cow Films, responsible for another of the Spanish series this year, Unit Courtesy of Movistar. We are not facing a passing fad.

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