'The Cry': 5 things to look out for in the upcoming BBC 1 show on Sundance Now
Abduction, murder, and betrayal are the key themes, with postpartum depression playing the central character in the show.
BBC 1's adaptation of Helen Fitzgerald's 2013 thriller-suspense, 'The Cry', has already become the broadcasting channel's second most watched show after the Richard Madden starring, 'Bodyguard', which shored up BBC's viewership ratings like never before. However, unlike its predecessor, 'The Cry' follows the story of a young mother, Joanna (played by Jenna Coleman of 'Victoria') who is struck down by postpartum depression immediately after which her husband, Alistair (played by Ewen Leslie), takes her to Australia where he is trying to regain his 10-year-old daughter's custody from the previous marriage.
The show deals with a subject which is often not considered as a matter of discussion but prevails in every woman's life at some point or the other. Considering the kind of controversies that surround postpartum depression, Joanna's character in 'The Cry' is a fitting tribute to all the mothers who have been victim to such controversies where it is often said that such mothers might pose a threat to their child. Joanna, who is like a representation of modern day motherhood (that is both independent and attached) finds herself in a dire situation when things go extremely wrong as the couple head for an unusual vacation to Australia.
Before the show hits Sundance Now on November 8, here are the top five things that you could expect from the show:
1. Controversy over postpartum depression
Like the book, postpartum depression plays almost a character in the show. As a first-time mother, Joanna finds herself wrapped in depression as she struggles to deal with her new-born child. Although Alistair provides constant support, he is mostly absent at the times when Joanna needs him the most. Joanna's consistent fall into the darkest pits of sufferance projects the character as someone who deeply cares about the changes in her life. If she is anxious about the new-born or simply intrigued by the new life, Joanna is constantly aware of the life which completely depends on her. Postpartum depression is like an alter-ego to Joanna which drives her into doing things that are as unfathomable as the turns and twists that the plot takes.
2. Abduction of one
One of the central themes of the show is an abduction. Those who have already read the book must be well-acquainted with the fact that it is the abduction which drives the plot ahead. Once the heinous crime takes place, Joanna finds herself as the center of attention for the police and the international media who seem to feed upon her like a prey. What exactly is Joanna's cause in the abduction will be revealed as the show progresses, but it is something that will overturn the dynamics between the characters. It also serves as a catalyst to Joanna's already depleting state of mental unsteadiness, as she is confused if the abduction is something she truly wanted or if it was set up to make her feel that she required it.
3. Murder of many
If there is an abduction in a thriller series, it has to be followed by an act of murder. However, the act of murdering takes a metaphorical tone in the Glendyn Ivin-directed mini-series. With the abduction, there is a possibility of the person being murdered, and the very thought begins to kill Joanna's sense of rationality. In the four-episode series, she goes down into the deepest and ugliest bottom of depression from where there is no return.
As a result, Joanna's transformation from being a woman into a mother is a path that leads her to commit acts that would otherwise be beyond her capability. However, Joanna's spontaneous act not only results in the ultimate demise of a close one but also the killing of the young girl that Joanna once was.
4. A Tale of Truth and Lie
In the very first scene of the first episode, Joanna defines what it is like to be a person with two faces. As she sits with her therapist, she says that the worst has happened to her and in a way she finds herself split between two. The rest of the series continues in the same flow. There is a constant between Truth and Lie, and while Lie seems to win most of the time, Truth ultimately takes its stance in the form of a murder. Being a psychological thriller, it might be difficult what actually is pointing towards the Truth and what is being defined as a Lie but in between all the push-and-pull, Joanna becomes a victim and victor of both. This tale of Truth and Lie comes up with some snaring plot twists that push it towards the misshaping of Joanna's life.
5. Every parent's nightmare
The show takes a very raw stance of parenthood, stripping it down off its conventional goodness. Parenthood becomes a nightmare when Joanna deals with her newfound motherhood when she falls in the trap of postpartum depression. The show brings out a very realistic side of parenthood in which everything is not about the baby's cuteness. As it projects parenthood as an everyday mundane task, it results in bringing out every parent's biggest nightmare- what if something happens to the baby? Joanna finds herself choked in the throat when she is unable to look after her child the way other parents do, and she drowns in her own guilt when the entire world's attention shifts towards her following the abduction.
Watch the trailer below: