Alba has become the most-watched non-English TV show on Netflix, but what about Alba by the way, who is in it and, above all, is it good?
For the uninitiated, Alba is a Spanish-language drama that has climbed high on the Netflix charts. This dark and tense series revolves around the titular woman, Alba, a woman who discovers she has been the victim of a terrible crime when she wakes up on a beach with no memory of the night before.
Here’s what you need to know about Alba.
What is Alba talking about?
Alba tells the story of the titular young woman who wakes up on a beach to find that she has been drugged and raped by a group of men the night before. One of the men at the scene turns out to be Alba’s boyfriend, Bruno, although whether or not Bruno participated in the assault is unclear and remains a major hook throughout the series.
Two of the men, Ruben and Jacobo, belong to the wealthy Entrerríos family. The family funds many local businesses and is about to strike a big expansion deal that would be jeopardized by a contentious lawsuit. The series then follows Alba’s subsequent defamation and police investigation into Alba’s assault.
The show is mostly presented in chronological order, with flashbacks interrupting the first half of the series via a recording of the attack and its shattered memories until episode six. Then, viewers are treated to a slight reprieve from the grim events via a six-month flashback showing how Bruno and Alba came together. It’s a tainted chalice similar to the “happy” ending of Gasper Noe’s heartbreaking movie Irreversible, as it’s a breath of fresh air in an otherwise hard-hitting story that’s strung together with an undercurrent of discomfort as we know what’s to come.
Where does Alba take place?
Dark alleys and grim offices aside, AlbaLocations are one of its most attractive features.
The pastel blue, yellow and pink postcard buildings of the protagonist’s hometown are actually those of Villajoyosa, a town in the oceanic province of Marina Baixa, Alicante. Despite the show’s dark material, Alba certainly fills us with wanderlust for the bright sandy beaches, cold beers and afternoon strolls down the cobbled streets.
Is Alba based on a true story?
Alba is not based on a true story, but on a novel by Turkish screenwriter, novelist and intellectual Vedat Turkali.
The book was a widespread domestic success and spawned a feature film adaptation in 1986, followed much later by a two-season, 80-episode TV series, plus an Indian remake and now this Spanish version.
Who plays in Alba?
The eponymous character is played by established Spanish actress, Elena Rivera, well known for playing Karina for over a decade on the internationally acclaimed primetime series, Cuentame as paso.
Eric Masip plays Alba’s boyfriend Bruno Costa, while Jacobo is played by Álvaro Rico (The Legend of El Cid), Hugo is played by Jason Fernández (Welcome to Eden), and Ruben is played by a lesser-known actor, Pol Hermoso.
TV veteran Bea Segura plays Bruno’s aunt Clara, while regular nominee Adrian Ozores is on board as Ruben’s protective mother Mercedes. Alba’s frosty sister-in-law is played by relative newcomer Candela Cruz, while Alba’s ex-boyfriend, drug dealer Tirso, is played by Jorge Silvestre.
How many episodes is Alba?
AlbaThe first season of is made up of 13 episodes, all of which are between 45 minutes and an hour long.
Will there be a season 2 of Alba?
Currently, there has been no confirmation of a second season; given AlbaThe end of the suspense and its popularity, however, we think there is a good chance that the show will be renewed.
Is Alba good?
“Dark” TV shows have certainly carved out a place for themselves on the small screen over the past few decades (just look at the success of American shows such as Breaking Bad, Ozark and The fisherman – and Germany Dark — to see that difficult and morally questionable storylines are going nowhere) and with the recent increase in storylines based on rape and consent, as seen in Netflix’s true crime miniseries Unbelievable and the Spanish sensation of 2020 will lie (Lies and deceit) – as well as the much-loved Michaela Coel I can destroy you — Alba certainly fits the current trend of television. But, while it may be the most-watched non-English TV show on the streamer, popularity doesn’t always equal quality, and unfortunately for Albathere’s a bit of that happening here.
If, on the whole, the actors are convincing and the episodes more than watchable, one of the AlbaThe major drawbacks of are its style. Shot mostly in aggressive bright lighting and with the deep focus of a daytime soap opera – not to mention progressively melodramatic storylines – the show’s style ultimately trivializes what, in early episodes, appears to be an effective, hard-hitting tale. , with the opportunity to make insightful social commentary.
Perhaps most embarrassing is that although the show may be called Alba, this is very much about male writers, and Alba herself has no real agency; her choices on how to handle her situation seem mostly guided by her boyfriend.
That said, it’s certainly a show that never stands still, with plenty of twists and turns across the 13 episodes and a gripping, action-packed ending that will leave even the most skeptical viewer wanting more.