THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR on Netflix is a new Spanish horror-mystery series (org. title Alma). There is something supernatural going on, and you should enjoy finding the answers. Read our full The Girl in the Mirror series review here!
THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR is a new Netflix series from Spain. The original title of the series is simply Alma which refers to the main character. She’s a young girl who barely survives a bizarre (and very extreme) bus accident.
She’s one of the few survivors, but she wakes up from the accident with no memories. She has no idea what happened or even who she is. That’s why we get to discover all the answers right alongside her. Since this is a horror mystery, it does get pretty creepy along the way.
Continue reading our The Girl in the Mirror series review below. Season 1 is on Netflix from August 19, 2022.
A true horror mystery
As we follow Alma (Mireia Oriol) on her road back to recovery and her memories, things get very weird. Usually in ways that can only be described as supernatural or paranormal. You won’t have to wait long for the first clues as to what is going on.
However, since this is both horror and mystery, we only get a few answers and clues at a time.
For those who are a bit squeamish, I also feel that I should warn you about the bus accident that kills several and hurts the rest – to varying degrees. It is very well done and if you’ve ever been in any kind of transportation accident, it hits pretty close to home.
Also, since this is a horror story, some of the deaths during this accident are very violent and bloody. Consider yourself warned.
A few familiar faces in the cast
The absolute star of The Girl in the Mirror is Mireia Oriol. She is both the title character in the original title of Alma and the international title. After all, the story does revolve around the girl she sees in the mirror but does not recognize since she has amnesia.
You may recognize Mireia Oriol from the Spanish horror-thriller The Pact (org. title El pacto) or the horror series Terror.app.
Other key actors in the series are Álex Villazán (Skam España), Pol Monen (Your son), Milena Smit (Parallel Mothers), and Maria Caballero (Netflix series The Longest Night).
Overall, there are quite a lot of characters in The Girl in the Mirror, but it doesn’t take away from the story. After all, it is very character-driven and, as such, it makes sense that the story touches on both the key characters and those around them.
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In terms of the more psychological horror, there are elements in The Girl in the Mirror that reminded me of the brilliant Spanish horror movie The Orphanage (El orfanato). Especially when the red ball of yarn comes into play. You’ll see!
Of course, The Girl in the Mirror series and the movie The Orphanage have the writer in common, so it makes perfect sense that there is some familiarity.
The creator of The Girl in the Mirror is Sergio G. Sánchez. He wrote the screenplays for the J.A. Bayona movies The Orphanage and The Impossible (2012). Also, he wrote and directed the English-language horror-mystery Marrowbone (2017).
If you like psychological horror series with a mystery at the heart of it, then do check out this one!
Season 1 of The Girl in the Mirror (org. title Alma) is on Netflix from August 19, 2022.
Creator: Sergio G. Sánchez
Directors: Sergio G. Sánchez, Kike Maíllo
Writers: Sergio G. Sánchez, Teresa de Rosendo, Paul Pen
Stars: Mireia Orio, lÁlex Villazán, Pol Monen, Milena Smit, Claudia Roset, Javier Morgade
After surviving a bus accident in which almost all her classmates die, Alma wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the incident… or of her past. Her home is full of memories that are not hers, and both amnesia and trauma cause her to experience night terrors and visions that she cannot clarify. With the help of her parents and friends, unknown to her, she will try to uncover the mystery surrounding the accident while struggling to recover her life and her identity.
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