A newspaper archivist in the 1990s, Kirby (Elisabeth Moss) is a faded figure at work. At home, living with her mother, she keeps a notebook under her mattress. This is no ordinary diary, but a guide to her mental disorientation. “A cat named Grendel,” she writes of the animal that appears on the bed with the proper identification on the collar. A few scenes later, in the bedroom, she finds a dog with the same name around her neck, opens the notebook and corrects the information: “Grendel is a dog”. The annotations eventually prove useful also to the viewers of illuminated, an eight-episode miniseries on Apple TV+, which makes three available on Friday the 29th, followed by weekly episodes. Kirby survived a brutal attack by a man that left her with deep physical and emotional scars. When a girl’s body is found with similar patterns of wounds, she teams up with investigative journalist Dan Velazquez (Brazilian Wagner Moura) to find her tormentor. The hunt has seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Kirby’s mental confusion makes her an unreliable witness. Another, more serious problem is that the killer, introduced in the very first scene, has a terrifying advantage: he is able to travel through time, disturbing his victims for decades.
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The science fiction element adds an extra layer of meaning to the plot about a type of crime so common in fiction—and, unfortunately, in the real world. A serial feminicide, Harper (Jamie Bell, frighteningly underhanded) stalks women and upsets them with minor manipulations until the moment of the attack. Adaptation of the book of the same name by South African Lauren Beukes, released in Brazil by Intrinseca, the plot exposes the pain of impunity that haunts victims of crimes against women. With a female team of writers and directors, the series gives the viewer a poignant proximity to the trauma, by making them see the facts through the protagonist’s vision, detached from reality and haunted by ghosts at every turn. Kirby wants justice and, who knows, some peace of mind. But the police bureaucracy stalls investigations and the journalist’s ethical approach, embodied by Moura, seems insufficient. She just has an urge to feel safe—a difficult desire for so many victims of these unpunished crimes.
Published in VEJA of May 4, 2022, issue no. 2787
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