‘Behind Her Eyes’ is a twisty drama that earns its time in front of your eyes
Initially this six-episode British production comes as just another soap, holding its central figure, Lewis (Simona Brown), in an extremely uncomfortable position. A divorced mother, when she is planning for a rare night out, molests a married man, David (Tom Bateman). Not the best decision, perhaps, but no real harm was done.
Alas, David becomes his new boss in the psychiatrist’s office where he works, and tensions rise between them. In addition, Lewis slowly befriends David’s proper wife, Adele (Eve Hewson), who questions their relationship with sourness, and a troubled history that, in just the first few episodes, a series of flashbacks Slowly finishes through.
However, answers are awaited, and as adapted from Sarah Pinborough’s book, they prove far more interesting and unpredictable than familiar set-up suggestions. What seems to be a story of infidelity with a kind of inverted “Fatal Attraction” vibe – this is the wife who can be stingy – vents in unexpected directions and produces real surprises. Also, there is mystery about Adele’s days in a mental-health facility.
Granted, one might argue that the change in tone comes out slightly from left field, but it is fun. The performance is, thankfully, helped (or need) to get through the rough patches, with Brown as one of the strangest antics – bonding with Adele, but attracted to David – and brooding Bateman’s The intensity resembles a modern-day version of a character. From the Jane Austen novel.
The way the writers of Steve Lightfoot and Angela Lamanna (“The Punisher”) produced the show is to the extent that it feels like you’ve seen it all before, then affects those expectations. If nothing else, the unexpectedness between current content is fresh.
The results have been somewhat mixed, but with “behind his eyes,” he is able to spend time simultaneously feasting his eyes.
“Behind Her Eyes” premieres on February 17 on Netflix.