O sabor das margaridas (2018)
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I will say that I'm getting tired of seeing all these crime series feature female exploitation of all ages but mainly underage. And then MOST of the men are all evil and/or sexual perverts. The lead character/hero/detective is also inevitably female, young, beautiful but with dowdy unkempt hair and boring unsexy clothes. Same as The Bridge and The Killing. Not that I'm complaining as I'm sick of seeing American-type impossibly glam leads who go around with 4-inch heels, but I think the Europeans are taking it a wee bit too far in the other direction.
But overall this was solid and held my interest throughout, altho' it was also the first Spanish tv series I've seen and I had to focus VERY intensely on the subtitles because the Spanish actors spoke sooooo fast.
But the story is strangely compelling, with a nice onion of a mystery that gets unpeeled until everybody is a suspect. The whole thing at times reminds you a bit of a Spanish "Twin Peaks", with about the same level of realism, although no owls. And you really don't know what exactly is going on until the last episode.
It's compact at six episodes of a little over an hour, and the storyline does not invite a second season. Worthwhile checking out.
I'm on a Spanish marathon of movies and tv shows so Netflix obviously suggested it to me. I'm a sucker for crime investigation shows, so I gave it a go.
It is long. I mean, 1h10 of each episode is just tiring. But I started watching on a Friday night and finished on Sunday's afternoon so it caught my interest. I was amazed about how similar Galician is to Portuguese and ended up discovering that a language called Galician-Portuguese originated them both, so that's why.
Anyway, the main character is obviously a mystery and I couldn't relate to her until the very end, when I discovered why she had to be so mysterious. Since the beginning I knew something was off with that investigator, trying to implicate it was not a real case, that things in that city are not like she's used to, blah blah blah. So that wasn't a big plot twist to me. The red herrings were so-so and somethings came out of nowhere - I still don't know who's Erika, there was ever a body??? What did I miss?
But, overall, the show is good. Has a lot of twists and turns and a reasonable closure to it, but most of the characters are just obnoxious and I just couldn't care less about them. The jealous wife was depressing, the daughter was way too stupid, all characters were annoying. I couldn't even care about the missing girl. The only one I actually cared about was poor Dori - she clearly had time to return the dog, Dori didn't deserve that!!!
Overall, a decent watch !!
But still, for the sake of widening horizons and making comparisons, O sabor das margaridas was definitely no waste of time; 7/10 reveal just my rating after various Scandinavian, British or even French series when it is almost painful to long for the new episode.
There is absolutely NO element of this disaster that merits a compliment. It really is that bad! Do not waste your time. It is the most unprofessional mini-series I have ever suffered through. The producers (Netflix!) should apologize to the entertainment community for foisting this insultingly stupid piece of work on unsuspecting, trusting subscribers.
This review contains no spoilers because the series itself was spoiled from the get-go.
Awesome language, from Galicia, a mix of Spanish and Portuguees, very nice to hear it. Suave.
you won't regret! just watch!
STOP already with this plot!
For me the big attraction was to hear gallego (Galician) spoken. I doubt many others will find this a plus. Overall, not too badly done and as such a possible way to while away a few hours.