January 28, 2023

Entertaining Movies

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Lady Voyeur Review 2023 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew

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Lady Voyeur Review 2023 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew

One of the ambitious Netflix-Brazil productions, “Mirada Indiscreta” (Olhar Indiscreto, 2023), proves how much -and how- the most basic themes of the thriller, in its erotic aspect, have exerted a great influence on part of the narrative Latin American film.

The series begins on New Year’s Eve, according to its premiere, on Saturday, January 1, 2023. Miranda (Débora Nascimento), spends her time spying on her neighbor, the escort Cléo (Emanuelle Araújo), through the window of the building in front. She not only watches her have sex, but she theorizes about the variety of clients she has. But Miranda is not content with the simple camera. She is a hacker, dedicated to breaking the codes of emails and building security cameras, invading the privacy of those around her.

One day when Cléo has to go out for a while with a client, she asks him to take care of her dog, Barbie. Miranda agrees, and as she rummages through the drawers of Cléo’s apartment, she discovers her sex toys, she puts on one of her dresses, and a wig. When they knock on the door, Fernando (Nikolas Antunez), a regular client of Cléo’s, mistakes her for a prostitute and she lets herself be carried away. When saying goodbye to her, another client, who tries to force her, is killed in the struggle. Fernando, who has forgotten something, returns and gets involved in the disappearance of the body. The plot becomes complex, with several plot twists that indicate that Miranda has been involved in a perverse game, with several players, mysteriously related to each other, where she would be no more than a simple pawn in the whole shady affair.

It’s obvious that slutty Miranda is as unworthy – as estranged – student of the archetypal LB “Jeff” Jefferies (wheelchair-bound voyeur photographer who gets into a murder spying on his neighbor) James Stewart, in the exemplary and legendary “Rear Window” (1954), by the master Hitchcock, won for the technology of the 21st century, and to which elements of the erotic thriller have been added.

A story of this subgenre should include, by fairness, the name of Zalman King, a filmmaker as interesting as he is ignored, who earned the respect of a Stanley Kubrick to the point of taking him as a counselor for his film testament “Eyes Wide Shut” (Eyes Wide Shut, 1999), a film where a dreamlike eroticism -Freudian, due to its literary origin, the novel by Arthur Schnitzler, a friend of Freud-, sustains a disturbing plot.

Zalman King’s cinematographic treatment of eroticism is perfectly portrayed in films such as “Wild Orchid” (1989), the telefilm “Red Shoe Diaries” (1992), and its addictive sequel, the television series of the same name (broadcast in the years between 1992 and 1996), or the sophisticated and beautiful adaptation of Anaïs Nin’s work, “Delta de Venus” (Delta of Venus, 1995). However, those elements that we recognize today as typical of the erotic thriller, were already included in the magnificent “Burning Bodies” (aka. Fire in the body, Body Heat, 1981), a crime thriller emanating directly from the classic noir “Blood Pact” (Double Indemnity, Billy Wilder, 1944), and which constituted Lawrence Kasdan’s great debut as a director.

The aesthetic, and influence of Zalman King, extends to films like “9 ½ weeks” (9 ½ Weeks, Adrian Lyne, 1986,) whose script he wrote and produced, infiltrating films like “Basic Instinct” (Basic Instinct, Paul Verhoeven , 1992), the summit of this subgenre, always next to Polanski’s “Bitter Moon” (1992), or “Sliver, Invasion of privacy” (Sliver, Philip Noyce, 1993), the most direct antecedent from “Prying Eye”.

As in the case of King, who surrounded himself with a female team to stage his stories -with a very close collaboration with his partner, the screenwriter Patricia Louisianna Knop-, “Mirada Indiscreta” was created by the Argentine screenwriter Marcela Citterio, adapted by the Brazilian Camila Raffanti, and directed by Fabrizia Pinto and Leticia Veiga, but she does not inquire -she is not interested- in delving into female sexuality and remains on the mere surface.

Ultimately, “Mirada Indiscreta” is no more than an erotic thriller in the format of a sophisticated soap opera. A failed attempt to assimilate the elements of the, by itself, spurious “Fifty Shades of Grey” (Sam Taylor-Johnson, 2015), in which the supposed “scandal” rests, in reality, on a Latin American sexual conservatism, still prudish, where “secrets” (infidelities, love triangles and even incest, which results in a mistake) take precedence over its cinematographic quality, yes, with a criminal idea -trafficking in persons-, which brings it closer to the more shameless pulp and more obvious exploitation, than a true social denunciation.

Tell old Hitch he’s not dead. That you feel sorry for the politically correct, but that their themes are ubiquitous, recurring and transcendental. Take the plot of “Rear Window” to Brazil. Make it a series. Add -it is fashionable, to cover the gender quota- a woman as the protagonist. Make her hacker. Season it with softporn and… voila! You already have your erotic thriller on duty.

Lady Voyeur Review 2023 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew