‘You are not special’ is the latest pleasant surprise from Netflix

Netflix is ​​that platform that can release psychological thrillers with a telefilm aroma one after the other with which, almost involuntarily, you can lose hours and hours of your life. What chance do you have of escaping when Duality either the devil in ohio appear every day when you open the application? If Netflix pressures you to watch something, doesn’t that mean it has to be good or, failing that, that its (overhyped) algorithm knows you’ll like it? But it is also that platform that develops projects without giving them much hype, which consequently you think are filler for the catalog and, when you hit the play button out of curiosity, you discover that they are pleasant surprises, that they deserve to be seen, that they serve to pass the time with (attention) quality. Y you are not specialwhich few had on the radar because its budget (and especially its advertising budget) could not compete with elves, dwarfs and furry, is one of them.

Netflix is ​​that platform that develops projects almost without hype, that you think are filler and, when you hit the play button, you discover that they deserve to be seen

There is a possibility that it was mentioned sex education at the project presentation meeting. It has nothing to do with it and at the same time it has two elements in common: the adolescent target and a main character who does business at the school with his knowledge. But it is something else. In you are not special we meet Amaia (Dèlia Brufau), who settles with her mother and sister in her late grandmother’s town in the Basque Country. She, of course, hates the situation. What teenager wants to be uprooted from her environment only to have to make her way through yet another acne-prone, insecure, unforgiving community? But when she discovers that her grandmother was the village witch (and with a spotless reputation), she wonders if she can have those powers… and to what extent she can monetize them.

Víctor Pérez as Chivite and Oskar De la Fuente as Javi, the only openly homosexual boy in the Basque town.

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The first stimulating element is to see the name of the creator, Estibaliz Burgaleta, who had demonstrated an understanding of adolescent psychology with the Spanish adaptation of Skam. She there she could have a tight budget but she understood the emotional state of five high school students, and each episode conveyed the feeling of having seen the truth in the sequences. How could it not be good news, then, for her to return to adolescence? But the interesting thing is to see that it changes genre, this time entering the comedy with a doubt in the environment: if the work is also supernatural (because, as happens to Amaia and her new friends, nobody is very clear where the coincidences begin and where his powers begin).

The work has a pulse. Amaia is the narrative center of the series with a character that shows the emotional and character fluctuations of a person her age

The work has a pulse. Amaia is the narrative center of the series with a character that shows the emotional and character fluctuations of a person her age. She is insecure at times and then she is drunk with bravery in the next scene because she has received a simple look from the boy she likes. She lives in the present without thinking about the consequences of her actions (to be more exact, what can happen if it is leaked that she has been casting spells that affect so many people in the institute). He shows such absolute affection and complicity with her mother (her single mother) as a systematic contempt for her when he distances himself from her.

While the Catalan Dèlia Brufau had an excess of energy in her interpretation in Les de l’hoquei, here he knows how to channel it into a tornado of charisma, which even knows how to give a complementary personality (and not redundant or unpleasant) to Amaia’s thoughts. Another who is radiant is Oskar De la Fuente as Javi, the only openly homosexual out of the town’s closet and who transmits as much authenticity to his interpretation as the script shows to understand the character.


As Burgaleta is also faithful to the dramatic conflicts of adolescence without forgetting that he wants to provide a nice and optimistic work, it remains a lively, fun work, one of those that have a shadow running through the entire footage: that of the good intentions behind the cameras .

Burgaleta is faithful to the dramatic conflicts of adolescence without forgetting that he wants to contribute a nice and optimistic work

‘You are not special’ is the latest pleasant surprise from Netflix