Behind Her Eyes Review: Distorted vision

sushmita@khaleejtimes.com Filed on April 22, 2021

What you see is not what you get in Behind Her Eyes — in the most twisted way possible

Based on Sarah Pinborough’s book of the same name (which even the measured Guardian had called “fantastically creepy”), Behind Her Eyes is a slow-burn roller coaster, that peaks and troughs through the mindscape of cognitive surreality. Non-linear, cutting across different timelines, it starts off seemingly innocuously. You are led down suburban London’s Maddison Terrace garden path to believe this is going to be, at best, a voyeuristic and somewhat acute triangle: husband-wife, husband-girlfriend, wife-girlfriend, and the relationships/ties/bonds that are forged in its wake.

It all goes for a toss with the tentative introduction of the fourth protagonist, in snatches of living in the past. The paradigm shifts: the axis of convoluted love and need — sexual, platonic, philosophical, platonic, even metaphysical — gives way to distorted identities, subverted love, murder (or maybe murders), and a hint of the paranormal. Nothing is what it seems, no one is what they claim to be. Apparent victims may be killers, ingenuousness may actually be a façade for manipulation.

The best bits? I have a biased take on British serials, especially psychological thrillers — they do it so much better than their counterparts across the pond. The fallibilities are real and unapologetic, the politically correctitude is usually not as tame. This one’s no exception — in fact, it takes human plurality a step beyond the normally-admitted scope. And on a different note: nice to see Roshan Seth in a non-Nehru-like, non-‘Discovery of India’-type role, however small it may be.

The worst bits? I really cannot think of any. The non-linearity is unsettling, but you realise its potency as the story unfolds. Purists have been shabby with showering praise on this utterly bingeworthy mini-series — although it has caught everyone by the scruff of their necks on social media. So I’m going to stick my neck out and give it a near-perfect score.

The final plot twist is heart-stopping. There’s no way you will not be tearing your hair out or overdosing on chocolate (or whatever comfort food you are chomping on) and freezing the screen for at least a minute to ask yourself: “OMG, what just happened?”

It will take some time to recover from Behind Her Eyes and see the world again via vision 20:20. But the lopsided interpretation of an imperfect, eerie world will be totally worth your while.

sushmita@khaleejtimes.com

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Sushmita Bose

Sushmita, who came to Dubai in September 2008 on a whim and swore to leave in a year's time (but then obviously didn't), edits wknd., the KT lifestyle mag, and writes the Freewheeling column on the Oped page every Friday. Before joining Khaleej Times, she'd worked for papers like Hindustan Times and Business Standard in New Delhi, and a now-defunct news magazine called Sunday in Calcutta. She likes meeting people, making friends, and Facebooking. And even though she can be spotted hanging out in Dubai's 'new town', she harbours a secret crush on the old quarters, and loves being 'ghetto-ised' in Bur Dubai where she is currently domiciled.





 
 
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