Alias Grace Netflix
M ARGARET ATWOOD fans wait four decades for a TV series based on her books, then two come along at once. Following The Handmaid’s Tale, this adaptation of Atwood’s 1996 novel is another striking story about a young woman in a statement bonnet in a rigid and repressed patriarchal system – but, as adapted by writer Sarah Polley and director Mary Harron, it’s very different, and more elusive in tone. Set in mid-1800s Canada, Irish immigrant Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) was once a servant girl, but has been in prison for the bloody murder of her employers, a notorious crime that has made her a celebrity, and a figure of intrigue. Considering a pardon, the institution’s head calls in a psychiatrist, Dr Simon Jordan (Edward Holcroft) for his opinion on her sanity. Gradually, as their interviews progress, fragments of Grace’s past come out – but the questions of whether she is innocent, guilty, or telling the truth at all grow murkier. Gadon is mesmerising, while faces like Anna Paquin and David Cronenberg keep the supporting cast interesting.