Alba is a Spanish drama tv series produced by Atresmedia and Boomerang TV, consisting of an adaptation of the Turkish series Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?. It premiered on Atresplayer Premium on March 28, 2021.
The series talks about all the prejudices and stereotypical connotations we as a society have towards rape victims. It’s not a courtroom drama or a suspenseful thriller, but it creates gut-wrenching conflicts that force you to go into deep self-examination. The 13-episode series is slow and often deliberately slow in its pace, which in turn successfully prevents you from taking a phlegmatic approach to events.
It’s gut-wrenching and unsettling, and while I think the dramatic ending somewhat diluted the effectiveness of the thing, you still gain perspective, empathy, and insight into the uneven scale of our society through Alba.
Alba Llorens was a girl who liked to live her life on her own terms. She met Bruno in Madrid, but she knew him before. He was from Albin’s hometown, but she had preconceived notions about him and the gang he hung out with. They met in Madrid and eventually moved in together.
With each passing day, they grew closer and they both knew they had found that special someone they were ready to spend the rest of their lives with. Alba and Bruno were both returning to their hometown to rest. While Bruno drove with his friends, Alba decided not to go with him and instead drove alone. She didn’t feel comfortable among his friends and never met them since they started dating.
She always believed that Bruno deserved much better company compared to these rich, spoiled brats. Bruno always tried to convince her that his friends weren’t so bad and that she should at least give them a chance. But Alba was firm on her decision and told Bruno the same. They reached their hometown. Alba met Beg, her best friend, as well as Tirs, who she used to date. Tirso felt betrayed when she told him she was seeing Bruno.
Tirso still wanted to be with Alba, but she made up her mind. She was happy with Bruno and saw a future with him. That night, Alba decided to go to a local bar called Kevin’s with Bego. A group of four young men lurked around the girls, but the bartender and Bego chased them away. Later that night, someone spikes Alba with a drink and she loses control of her consciousness. She could not find Beg and go alone to her house. On the way she was stopped by several guys, she couldn’t recognize as her vision was blurry due to what had been mixed in her drink.
Early the next morning, she found herself lying on the beach with bruises all over her body. Somehow she managed to pull herself together and visit a local doctor. The doctor told her that she had most likely been raped the day before. Alba was numb. She didn’t know what to do. Tono Llorens, her brother, Miriam, his wife, and Bruno immediately arrived at the scene. She was asked if she remembered the incident, but a traumatized Alba had no recollection.
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Hugo couldn’t take the guilt anymore and shot himself in front of Ruben. He was in a desperate situation. He couldn’t go against Ruben, but at the same time, he couldn’t live with the fact that he had ruined a girl’s life and inflicted traumas that would haunt her forever. Before committing suicide, he left a note in which he took responsibility for his actions and also noted exactly what happened.
Alba got the note but knew it wasn’t enough to prove that Jacobo and Ruben raped her. Again it came down to Hugo’s words against theirs and she knew they would find a way to discredit it. One thing that stood out in Hugo’s suicide note was the fact that she wasn’t the boys’ first victim. Ruben and Jacobo have done it before.
They also ran into a teacher being harassed by Mariano, Ruben’s father. It ran in her blood and she knew she had to find some concrete evidence against the Entrerrois family if she was going to convict them. Alba learned that Mariano was actually the biological father of her nephew Luisito.
Ton’s wife Miriam had an affair with Marian who left her after he knew she was pregnant. Miriam also found Ruben’s ring at the crime scene but did not inform the authorities because she wanted to blackmail Mercedes into giving her more money on top of what she was already getting from Marian. Alba and even Tono were deeply hurt by this revelation. With Beg’s help, Alba was able to join a secret chat group that included Jacobo.
Meanwhile, Bruno tried to get more information by gaining the trust of Jacob. He told Jacob that being with Alba was a big mistake and he regretted what he did and went against him. Alba learned through a chat group that Jacobo took his victims’ underwear as souvenirs and hid them somewhere in his bedroom. Eloy decided to force Mercedes to sign a contract giving up her controlling shares because he had a video where Mercedes was seen killing Victor Entrerrois.
But Mercedes did not remain silent. She retaliated by releasing all the information that Victor had kept in her safe custody all these years. All of the family’s illegal and fraudulent activities were out in the open and Mercedes planned to flee the country with Ruben, but he made a rash decision that ruined his mother’s plan. Ruben kidnaps Alba and takes her to an industrial park owned by the family.
He informed Jacob, who had gone to meet Bruno at the time. Jacobo panicked after the phone call he received from his cousin Ruben, and Bruno, who was searching for the missing Alba, knew something was wrong. Bruno slipped his phone into Jacob’s pocket so he could track him down and find out where Alba was. Bruno called Cesaro (who had stopped doing favors for the Entrerrois family) and together they went to see Jacob.
At the industrial park, Ruben convinced Jacob that it was in their best interest to kill Alba and drop all the charges. But Bruno arrived at that moment and saved Alba. Cesar had already called the police and the badly injured Ruben and his cousin Jacobo were taken into custody. More girls came forward and gave their testimonies against Jacob and Ruben.
Police also found underwear that Jacobo had been collecting as souvenirs. When the incriminating evidence against the two brothers and other fraudulent activities of the family came to light, people knew that the fall of the Entrerrios empire had begun.
Alba got justice, but she suffered a lot in the process. She didn’t know if she would be able to move on with her life and cherish it like before, but she wasn’t one to get bogged down in struggles and trauma. She was a fighter and knew she had the unwavering support of Bruno and her brother Ton. She had friends like Bego and Tirso who were always there for her.
Her journey and her fight against injustice were an inspiration to all girls who were mocked by men, objectified, and oppressed by society. Not only did she fight against the heinous crimes that were committed against her, but also against the deep-rooted prejudices of a society that for ages ensured that women never had equal status and were brainwashed into finding nothing wrong with them. in the discriminatory behavior of men.