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This Netflix The Girls at the Back review is spoiler-free.
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Netflix is already well served with Spanish original series, but the region’s production continues to be impressively diversified The girls on the backa poignant disruption to the girls’ tripping formula – seen in movies like, well, girls outing – which imposes the responsibility for authentic bonds of friendship amid the looming specter of loss and change.
The idea is that five friends in their thirties have gathered for a holiday – not an entirely unusual premise. The catch here, however, is that one of them has been diagnosed with cancer (this forms an overarching mystery as all five have agreed not to discuss it) and the terms of the journey include the fulfillment of a number of wishes; Things they wouldn’t normally do out of fear or shame. The wishes were submitted by each of the women, but anonymously. With heads shaved in solidarity, one promise not to talk about cancer, and another to guarantee everyone gets out of their comfort zone, we embark on a journey spanning six episodes and a range of emotions.
The girls on the back is funny but not comedy, which quickly turns out to be its greatest strength. The sense of impending doom lends the drama a rare emotional power, and the girls’ agreement to avoid the subject means the show can’t rely on being overtly manipulative to achieve the desired outcome. Instead, we earn the emotional reward by getting to know the women and their relationships, fears, hopes, and dreams. We learn and enjoy the company of each of them and are regularly reminded that one of them is on death row.
I was alternately moved and surprised by this whiplash of sound and emotion. It’s new territory for such a familiar premise, and it works well because the personalities of the friends — Carol (Maria Rodríguez Soto), Olga (Godeliv Van den Brandt), Sara (Ell), Alma (Monica Miranda), and Leo (Mariona Terés ) – are properly defined and their dynamics feel real. Everyone knows this journey may be the last they take together, so the sense of finality and final chances hangs heavy. It forces them to make hasty, possibly unwise decisions in a way that’s more organic than just fodder for jokes and set pieces.
But during The girls on the back is sad, it is not morbid. On the contrary, it’s an uplifting portrait of the strength of attachment and the fragility of life, and a spirited reminder that we should live as hard as we can while it lasts.
You can stream The Girls at the Back exclusively on Netflix.
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