“Dark Desire” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 7/25/20
This is a steamy, suspenseful Mexican drama from a somewhat-feminist point of view. Maite Perroni stars as Alma, a beautiful woman who teaches criminal law. Her specialty appears to be “femicide,” i.e., homicide of women. She’s married to a judge, Leonardo (Jorge Poza), but they’re not happy, and she suspects that he’s cheating on her. We don’t see for sure, in the first episode, whether he’s doing that or not, but he certainly does have some secrets that he’s keeping.
Her good friend Brenda (María Fernanda Yepes), newly-divorced, invites her for a weekend stay. They go out dancing. Alma ends up sleeping with a handsome younger man, Dario (Alejandro Speitzer).
The beginning of the series shows a woman (maybe Alma) getting arrested, and the coroner is taking a body away. They were wise to put that at the beginning, to create tension, because the show starts very slowly. However, by the end of the first episode, two shocking things happen. It’s worth waiting for. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Alma and Leonard also have a daughter, Zoe (Regina Pavón), and Leonard’s brother, Esteban (Erik Hayser), a cop, also is involved in the story. There are 18 episodes, which is long for a Netflix series. In other reviews I’ve seen, the show is compared to “You,” the Lifetime/Netflix stalker drama, and “365 Days,” a Polish S&M mob drama.
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