Even those who are committed to crime dramas may find the depiction of violence and brutality onscreen exploitative or excessively vicious. This is especially true when it involves violence against women. “Top of the Lake”This film combats this tendency by featuring many female characters with rich inner lives. “Unbelievable”A similar approach is taken. Marie Adler (KaitlynDever), a former foster child and teen girl, tells police that she was raped in the street by a stranger. However, the authorities in and outside of the precinct are unable to believe her and force her to retract her report. Two years later, Toni Collette and Merritt Wever, both female detectives, investigate a series attacks that bear striking resemblances to Marie’s.
It’s unlike any other dramas. “Unbelievable”The series doesn’t address violence per se, but rather its aftermath. It is a truly unique series that is filled with insight and compassion as well as some needed social criticism. Dever’s portrayal as a young woman in a corner is riveting. Wever and Collette’s insightful empathy are a thoughtful balm. You might also like “Top of the Lake,””Unbelievable knows what is really at the heart of any crime: Human beings put in inhuman situations.
There is help available if you or someone you know has been victim to sexual assault. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website RAINN’s National Helpline can be reached at 1-800-656-HOPE (44673).