By Estefania Magdalena | Staff Writer
It is normal to feel that we do not know what to do with so much free time right now. Although the classes have been taken up online, we can no longer carry out social activities since we must take care of ourselves through Hawaiʻi’s stay-at-home order until April 30.
Here’s 10 Netflix shows and movies to dive into for this next month.
“Unorthodox:” The story revolves around Esther Shapiro, a young woman from a New York Orthodox Jewish community. Raised in a highly religious and conservative environment, one day she decides to escape to Berlin, Germany, where her mother lives. There, she begins a path of liberation and meets a group of young people who study music in a conservatory. This miniseries is based on real events and a book.
“Mark of the Devil:” Thirty years ago, a priest arrived in a rural area of North America inhabited by Mennonites, a religious group cut off from society. His objective was to help with an exorcism, but things do not go according to his plans, since the boy who was possessed, seemingly dies after a religious spell and is taken away in a truck. However, during the journey the child shows signs of life and is abandoned in a vacant lot.
“The Occupant:” This Spanish movie tells the story of the publicist, Javier Muñoz, after his perfect life falls apart. After being unemployed for more than a year and leaving behind his wealthy life, he is forced to move to a smaller home. In turn, this leads Muñoz to distance himself from his family and have increasingly recurring fights with his wife. The turn occurs when curiosity leads him to become obsessed with the new owners who inhabit his old apartment, and he begins to observe the comfortable life they lead and that he lost.
“Tiger King:” This seven-episode limited documentary series that shows the incredible story of a zoo owner in Oklahoma who became part of the popular culture of the American midwest, heading the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, the largest captive tiger reserve in the United States in the late ’90s. Despite the fact that his real name is Joe Schreibvogel, after creating his reserve of animals, especially tigers and lions, he called himself Joe Exotic. As his last nickname tells, Exotic and its park were not normal at all.
“Ultras:” This movie takes us into the world of the Italian barra bravas (hooligans in Latinamerica) known as the ultras. The protagonist is Sandro, leader of the barra brava of Los Apaches, a team from Napoles, who after turning 50 years old begins to want to start a new life without the violence of soccer. At the same time, Angelo, a 16-year-old boy whose brother was murdered years ago at the hands of Rome’s team fans, begins to enter the world of the ultras.
“The Platform:” The movie begins when Goreng wakes up in a cell with Trimagasi, an older man who doesn’t like to be asked questions. But this is not a “normal” confinement, since the cell they share is part of a tower-shaped prison complex with more than 200 floors, which houses two prisoners per level and where the prisoners share the same food table.
“Self Made” Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker:” This four-episode series that tells the life of Madam C.J. Walker, the first woman of African descent to become a billionaire in the United States. Inspired by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, the series tells us how Madam C.J. Walker (played by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer) made her fortune on her own, with her company that pioneered hair care for African Americans.
“Puerta 7:” During the eight episodes, the story revolves around rivalries between violence, drug trafficking and corruption in soccer in Argentina. Despite this situation, the new head of security at the Ferroviario Stadium wants one of Diego Maradona’s most important commandments to be respected: “The ball does not stain.” The production is directed by Martin Zimmerman, an American by birth but Argentine at heart.
“Uncorked:” This drama tells the story of Elijah, a 20-year-old African American from Memplhis, who divides his days between his work in a wine-and-liquor store and the barbecue restaurant that his grandfather founded and today is run by his dad. The story is divided between the streets of Memphis and Paris, where we can feel the effort and how difficult it is for young people, regardless of race or nationality, to define their professional future.
“El Marginal:” This Argentine show is in The New York Times’ list of the 30 best films not produced in the United States in the last 10 years. The story, in three seasons, revolves around Miguel Palacios, a policeman who is in a prison lost in the middle of nowhere. After the kidnapping of the daughter of a judge, he is summoned to infiltrate the San Onofre jail in Buenos Aires and try to find information about the kidnapping and the gang that operates in the prison. To do this, Miguel must change his identity and becomes Pastor Peña.