Director: Chris Smith
Synopsis: The story of Madeleine McCann, the young girl who went missing while on holiday in Portugal.
I have been loving the documentaries that Netflix is putting out, and this one isn’t an exception. However, I have some thoughts about it.
Firstly, I feel that it makes the Portuguese police look too much like useless buffoons. Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot they could have done better when it came to this case, but it felt like the doc was trying to paint them as the villains, when all they were trying to do was help (excluding, maybe, the chief of police, but that’s another whole can of worms).
Another thing that bothered me was that the doc acted like the Portuguese were evil for qustioning why the parents would leave their children unattended, at night, witht the doors unlocked, when thy easily could have opted for the night time creche. I know that I’m biased when it comes to this, given that I’m Portuguese, but you need to try to understand us.
Even though we’re a fairly safe country, we never, I repeat, never leave children unattended, it’s just impossible for us, we’re a protective bunch.
Also, the documentary left some things hanging. For example, when it came out that the DNA found in the stuff the dogs said had blood and/or a corpse smell had “inconclusive” results, the doc simply forgot about it. I don’t agree with this approach at all – the results were inconclusive, which means that Madeleine could have died there, but also equally means that Madeleine didn’t die there.
Another thing that was left hanging was the fact that the babies didn’t wake up when all that fuss was happening. It simply doesn’t make sense.
Apart from that, I really liked the fact that Netflix brought people from different sides of the case and tended to have decent spelling and pronounciation of Portuguese things.
I also loved the fact thatthey recorded scenic footage in Algarve and allowed some people to speak Portuguese.
I didn’t like the “reenactments” but, to be honest, I never do.
Rating: 7/10 – somewhat factual but highly entertaining.
What to watch next:
Wild Wild Country is a beautiful Netflix documentary about a… hum… religeon? cult? Both. I feel that it’s a lot more factual than the McCann one and has absolutely beautiful cinematography. Also, I learned a lot from this doc, given that I knew absolutely nothing about the rajneeshes.