‘Behind Her Eyes’ review: Netflix’s twisty drama earns its time in front of your eyes
At first this six-episode British production encounters as simply another soap, putting its main figure, Louise (Simona Brown), in a very unpleasant position. A separated mama, when her prepare for an unusual night out fizzle she rather impulsively winds up flirting with a family man, David (Tom Bateman). Not the very best judgment, maybe, however no genuine damage done.
Sadly, David ends up being her brand-new employer in the psychiatrist’s workplace where she works, and the stress in between them just grows. Additionally, Louise slowly befriends David’s apparently ideal other half, Adele (Eve Hewson), which raises concerns about what soured their relationship, and a struggling history that dribbles out (too gradually in the very first couple of episodes) through a series of teasing flashbacks.
Answers await, however, and as adapted from Sarah Pinborough’s book, they prove far more interesting and unexpected than the familiar set-up suggests. What looks like a tale of infidelity with a sort-of reverse “Fatal Attraction” vibe — it’s the other half who may be the stalker — removes in unexpected instructions and yields real surprises. Plus, there’s the secret about Adele’s days in a mental-health center.
Given, one might argue the shift in tone comes a bit out of left field, however therein lies the enjoyable of it. The efficiencies, the good news is, assistance survive the rough spots (or must), with Brown as an everywoman in an unusual dilemma — bonding with Adele, however drawn to David — and Bateman’s brooding strength looking like a modern-day variation of a character from a Jane Austen book.
The creative part in the method authors Steve Lightfoot and Angela LaManna (“The Punisher”) have actually built the program is the level to which it makes you believe you have actually seen all this in the past, then overturns those expectations. If absolutely nothing else, amidst the present material excess unpredictability is revitalizing.
The outcomes have actually been rather combined, however with “Behind Her Eyes,” feasting your eyes on it certifies as time well invested.
“Behind Her Eyes” premieres Feb. 17 on Netflix.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.