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A gripping new Netflix murder mystery has everyone glued to their screens

Published Nov 13th, 2021 9:57AM EST
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True crime fans have been drowning in compelling new content from Netflix this year, from documentaries like Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel to Heist, Cocaine Cowboys, and Sophie: A Murder in West Cork. There are also some big names still to come in this genre by the end of the year (including Tiger King 2 next week!). Another upcoming Netflix true-crime doc is Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King. According to the streamer, that one premieres in 2022 and will “Follow a group of investors turned sleuths as they try to unlock the suspicious death of cryptocurrency multimillionaire Gerry Cotten and the missing $250 million they believe he stole from them.” Meanwhile, a newly released Netflix movie — called Yara — is out now and dramatizes a crime that rocked Italy a decade ago: The murder of 13-year-old Yara Gambirasio.

Netflix maintains an overall Top 10 list of content on the streamer, as well as Top 10 lists broken out for TV shows and movies. As of the time of this writing? Yara is currently the #8 movie on Netflix’s Top 10 movie list for the US. That’s obviously nothing to scoff at, especially during one of the busiest times of the year for new Netflix original releases.

Yara Netflix movie — streaming now

About this film based on the tragedy, here’s Netflix’s official synopsis. “A determined prosecutor becomes consumed with the case of a missing 13-year-old and goes to extreme lengths to get to the truth.”

Yara stars Isabella Ragonese, Alessio Boni, Thomas Trabacchi, and it was directed by Marco Tullio Giordana.

The basic outline of the story is as follows. Investigator Letizia Ruggeri (Isabella Ragonese) has been looking for Gambirasio for a few months now. Ever since the young girl went missing after walking home from the gym. We see the case told through a lot of flashbacks. And we eventually come to learn how much this case rattled Italy.

Ruggeri, for her part, is shown going to great lengths to get to the truth. Including seeing her relationship with her own daughter suffer because of her zeal to solve this case. She eventually starts building a massive DNA database, to try and match what was found at the scene with the killer — who’s still, frustratingly, out there. You’ll have to watch the 90-minute movie yourself to see if she succeeds.

Reviews and reaction

Over at IMDb, the movie has a rating of 6.10/10 thus far, based on around 1,200 user ratings. The team at Decider, in its regular “Stream it or Skip it” series, has given its verdict that this one is a definite “stream.” Raves the review: “Yara is a wholly effective crime drama, combining a chilling mystery with the emotional journey of our relentless investigator. It’s bound to please thriller fans and true crime junkies alike.”

The verdict from Twitter users thus far who’ve seen the film? The reactions seem to have coalesced around this being a staggering film and so incredibly sad.

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

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