Netflix’s newest Spanish thriller series, “Burning Body” (original title: El cuerpo en llamas), has generated significant buzz for its portrayal of a true crime story. With eight gripping episodes and a concurrent true crime documentary, the show delves into the mysterious murder of a police officer, whose body was found inside a burning car. However, the series takes some liberties with the source material, leaving viewers divided on its authenticity and impact.
A Case “Inspired by True Events
“Burning Body” is officially labeled as “inspired by true events” rather than being a strict adaptation of a real crime. Yet, this distinction often appears to be more of an excuse to sensationalize and dramatize the story. The line between fact and fiction becomes blurry, especially when comparing the series to the actual case it claims to draw inspiration from.
One glaring example of this blurred line is the use of real names for the main characters involved in the case. This lack of significant name changes reinforces the notion that the show is closely aligned with the actual events, potentially to an unsettling degree.
A Familiar Narrative Angle
The series is directed by Jorge Torregrossa, who maintains a consistent style throughout. However, the storytelling itself falls short of impressing many viewers. It perpetuates the same sensational angle that the media, particularly paparazzi, pursued in real life, leaving little room for fresh perspectives or critical exploration.
The screenplay and pacing of the series are key points of criticism, overshadowing the solid performances of the cast. While Úrsula Corberó, known for her role in “Money Heist,” delivers a compelling performance as the lead character Rosa, the tainted narrative makes it challenging to fully appreciate the actors’ efforts.
The Ensemble Cast
“Burning Body” features a talented ensemble cast, including Pep Tosar, José Manuel Poga, Raúl Prieto, Isak Férriz, and Pep Ambròs, among others. These actors bring their A-game to the series, further emphasising that the flaws in storytelling and dramatisation are not the fault of the performers.
“Burning Body” on Netflix has sparked discussions about the fine line between dramatisation and reality in true crime storytelling. While it presents itself as “inspired by true events,” the series leans heavily toward retelling the actual case, even using real names. This approach raises questions about how far creative liberties can be taken when dealing with sensitive real-life incidents.
As viewers, it may be worthwhile to watch both the series and the accompanying documentary, “Rosa Peral’s Tapes,” to form a more comprehensive understanding of the case. Whether you appreciate “Burning Body” as a thrilling dramatisation or find fault in its approach to real events, it undeniably highlights the complexities of adapting true crime stories for entertainment. Ultimately, the series serves as a reminder of the enduring allure and ethical challenges of true crime narratives in the realm of entertainment.