Five Foreign Netflix Shows
I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
— Emile Zola
BABY — Italian
Set in an elite high school, Baby follows Chiara Altieri, a young heir to a rich family who no longer finds joy in her normal life. When Chiara meets Ludovica, an impulsive girl in need of money, the two young women are drawn into the world of underage prostitution. As Ludovica becomes involved with an obsessive man and Chiara struggles to hide her secret life from her friends and family — the situation quickly descends into chaos.
THE BONFIRE OF DESTINY — French
Based on a true and tragic story set in 1897, The Bonfire Of Destiny follows three women whose lives are thrown into disarray after a devastating fire. Seeking escape from her tyrannical husband, Adrienne de Lenverpre plans to visit the Bazar de la Charite, but leaves before tragedy strikes to meet her paramour. Yet the fire breaks out while Adrienne’s niece, Alice de Jeansin, attends the Bazar with her close friend Rose Riviere. The fire kills over 100 high society ladies — and no gentlemen, who trample the others as they seek to escape.
MONEY HEIST — Spanish
In Money Heist, a criminal mastermind known as The Professor recruits eight people who have nothing to lose to pull off the greatest heist in recorded history — print billions of euros in the Royal Mint of Spain. After taking 67 people hostage within the Mint, the team locks themselves in it for 11 days as they manipulate the authorities outside the building. Yet as more time elapses and tensions grow higher, the group of criminals prepare for a violent showdown with the police.
THE RAIN — Danish
In The Rain, after a virus spread by rainfall massacres nearly every human, the young siblings Simone and Rasmus take shelter in a family bunker. Six years later, they emerge from its safety to search for their father — the scientist who left them and never returned. After discovering all remnants of civilization gone, they join a group of young survivors and travel across the post-apocalyptic land in hopes of finding a haven. As the world around them grows more dangerous, Simone and Rasmus continue to search for their missing father — as he may be the only one capable of providing answers and a cure.
ELITE — Spanish
Set in Las Encinas, the most exclusive fictional private school in Spain, Elite follows three working-class friends — Samuel, Nadia, and Christian — who are offered scholarships within it after their own school collapses. As the school year progresses, the three are ostracized by the wealthy students, and their lives intertwine in a risky clash of resentments and relationships. Through a series of scenes of police interrogations, the secret behind a murder at the school is revealed.