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This Netflix miniseries that begins with a young woman living in the Seattle area, Marie (Kaitlyn Dever) who was raped, reports it and then, under pressure from the local police, withdraws her allegation. This further alienates this young woman, who spent many of her childhood years moving from one foster home to another. Meanwhile, about 5 years in the future, two detectives (played by Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) are investigating a series of sexual assaults that appear to be connected. The film moves back and forth across the 8 episodes between the two stories. Overall, I liked the film. It tells an important story, based on actual events, that is focused on what it is like for sexual assault survivors. Walking the viewer through what it is like to undergo the exam and retell the story over and over created a powerful viewing experience. The film also portrays what it is like working with sexual assault victims and investigations in a field that is dominated by men. The acting overall was very good, especially by Dever and Collette, who are both excellent. I thought the series was too long, and I found myself fast-forwarding during parts where there are conversations that didn’t seem relevant to the overall story. But for those of us who like a good detective story, this makes for great viewing. Thumbs up from me for a film that has you thinking “unbelievable” from so many different perspectives. (2019; 3.5 Stars)

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