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I May Destroy You


*SPOILERS* I May Destroy You is a British television series surrounding the protagonist, Arabella, and her realization and acceptance of her sexual assault. After a night out of drinking with friends, Arabella blacks out and can't seem to remember a thing. She tries to retrace her steps with the help of her friends, eventually figuring out that her and another girl, were both drugged at the bar. Upon this discovery, alongside numerous flashbacks to her assault, she decides to go to a police station. During a talk with the police, she begins to realize what happened to her that night...

While I have yet to finish the series, it's already amazing. The writing and camera work in the show combine to depict the affect on the mind and body that sexual assualt victims must deal with. To keep the viewer in as much confusion as Arabella, the camera only pans to flashbacks for seconds. The flashbacks come from the first person perspective (being Arabella) and show small snippets of what occured the night of her assault. These scenes also detail conversations and people that came across her path on that night. I enjoyed that these scenes are written into the script because they show an interesting perspective of what someone drugged would have seen and remembered.

The acting in this series is also immpecable. Michaela Cohen, the Program Creator, Writer, and main character, shows a range of emotions. From happiness of being with her friends, to being cross-faded at clubs, she is able to embody what someone in Arabella's state of mind would look like. In the scenes that flash back to her drugging, Michaela Cohen throws herself onto tables and the floor to show the affects the drugs have on Arabella. It is no wonder why critics asked why Lily Collins' Emily in Paris was nominated in the Golden Globes over I May Destroy You (amongst other reasons).

Overall, I would rate this series (from what I have seen so far), an 8/10. The lack of sugarcoating with what women and men experience and excellent acting has created a series that shows the many realities of sexual assault survivors.

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