Netflix: Intimacy sets out to explore the devastating effects behind the spread of a sex tape

Privacy (Spain, 2022). Creators: Laura Sarmiento and Veronica Fernandez. Cast: Itziar Ituño, Emma Suárez, Verónica Echegui, Patricia López Arnaiz, Ana Wagener, Yune Nogueiras, Daniel Barea Cabrera, Elisabeth Larena, Eneko Arcas. Available in: Netflix. Our opinion: good.

The field of cybercrimes linked to people’s private lives still persists as an elusive universe for police narratives. How to build an investigation on the mere act of forwarding a photo or video with sexual content? the spanish series Privacya recent premiere on Netflix, aims to link the search for the person or persons responsible for leaking an intimate video of the candidate for mayor of Bilbao, Maren Zubiri (Itziar Ituño), with a reflection on the inevitable damage caused to the victim by the spread of his privacy, not only for his political career but for his personal life.

Created by Laura Sarmiento (Isabel, Area, Slaughterhouse) and Veronica Fernandez (Velvet Collection, Charon, ax), the story assumes a female perspective on that painful experience from the point of view of several women whose lives are linked to that media fact, in which the opportunism of political parties, the morbidity of public opinion and shame converge. of those who are judged for what they are victims of.

Malen Zubiri is in the preliminaries of her political campaign for mayor of Bilbao when a video showing her having sex with a man on the beach is publicly released. From there, a scandal of proportions engulfs her entire family, from her husband from whom she was estranged within the walls of her house but not outside, to her teenage daughter who suffers from the worst school teasing and the abandonment of her boyfriend. In addition, the party, which previously benefited from her status as “independent” of her to retain a mayor compromised by the mismanagement of a veteran of that political force, decides to pressure her for her stoic resignation. At this crossroads, Ella Zubiri tries to figure out who is behind the leak, stop the destruction in her own family circle and resist the onslaught of journalism that puts her own political waist to the test.

But the series does not focus on the figure of Zubiri, but instead uses her as the vertex of a framework that reveals other women in similar positions: Anne (Verónica Echegui) is a factory worker harassed by her bosses and co-workers after being dissemination of intimate photos and videos; Inspector Vázquez (Ana Wagener) is the officer in charge of investigating the Zubiri case, who tries to convince her to file a complaint despite her fears and pressure from her party; Bego (Patricia López Arnáiz) is Anne’s sister and who discovers beneath her tragedy the fears drowned in a perfect smile; and Miren (Emma Suárez), leader of the party and political godmother of Malen, is the one who uses her skills as a strong woman to leave no room for any hint of vulnerability in a world in which the weak are always sacrificed.

Intimacy (Netflix).DAVID HERRANZ/NETFLIX

The series aims to balance the tension of the thriller, which increases when the track of the video ascends to the spheres of economic power in Bilbao -and the dissemination of this intimate material could be something more than the punishment of a rebellious policy for its discipline-, with the harsh consequences faced by each of these women before the judging gaze of the outside. In this field, at times, writing yields to a certain didacticism, to dramatic dispersion in individual stories and to some novelistic edges in the course of events. However, Sarmiento and Fernández never lose the focus of their gaze, nor do they assume false heroism for their creatures. The actresses, especially Ituño, Echegui and Suárez, provide their characters with the nuances that allow them to avoid some predictable scenes and use their bodies and their gazes to account for the devastating effect of those crimes that do not have blood.

Intimacy (Netflix).
Intimacy (Netflix).DAVID HERRANZ/NETFLIX

Privacy It concentrates its actions in the city of Bilbao and in the surroundings of the Basque Country to build a microcosm there in which the reverberation of the scandal raises the suspicious glances of those who pass each other on the street every day. The police has known how to take advantage of that popular nickname of “small town, big hell” to demystify rural environments and turn them into natural spaces full of tensions and mysteries. Here something similar happens with the world of politics, in which the fierce competition for interests or ambitions is not tempered by the small mold of the position in dispute. Malen faces the temptation to leave everything again and again, and his fight always takes place on that hostile terrain in which women must always overcome other people’s prejudices and their own shame so as not to lose the battle.

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Netflix: Intimacy sets out to explore the devastating effects behind the spread of a sex tape