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The Asunta Case Review: Netflix’s Latest Crime Series Retells A Gripping Case

The Asunta Case Review

On 22 September 2013, Asunta Yong Fang Basterra Porto was found dead, which eventually led to the arrest of her adoptive parents, Alfonso Basterra and Rosario Porto. Now, over a decade later, Netflix has released a 6-part crime drama series based on the aforementioned case. This series has been directed by Carlos Sedes and Jacobo Martinez and retells several details that were part of Asunta’s death.

The Asunta Case, which is now streaming on Netflix should be a part of your watchlist for the upcoming weekend, especially if you are a true crime aficionado or have previously familiarized yourself with this gripping yet unthinkable case that put adoptive parents behind bars for the murder of a young girl who was close to turning 13. In this review, we will discuss more about what worked, and what didn’t work when it comes to The Asunta Case.

Gripping Story with a Stellar Cast

Netflix’s latest crime drama based on a true story, The Asunta Case, had an ensemble cast with several great actors and actresses, however, the focus of all 6 episodes of the series remained on the characters – Alfonso Basterra and Rosario Porto. These two characters were played by Tristán Ulloa and Candela Peña, both of whom have created a name for themselves in Spain, and have all gained popularity all across the globe.

Gripping Story with a Stellar Cast
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Ulloa and Peña’s performance in The Asunta Case was truly the crux of the entire series, and without them, the series might have lost its spark. Each and every nook and cranny of The Asunta Case revolved around the parents who were the main suspects in the death of their daughter, Asunta.

When it comes to the big picture, this heartbreaking case presented itself in a delicate yet compelling manner on the streaming platform, with several little details being paid attention to. Everything from the first missing report to finding the body, and until the trial two years later was kept in mind and retold in a slightly dramatic fashion as per the creative choices of the team.

Apart from Ulloa and Peña, several other cast members like Javier Gutiérrez, María León, Carlos Blanco, and Francesc Orella to name a few, all delivered stellar performances in The Asunta Case, which makes it worth a binge, apart from the gripping narrative. Certain parts of the series were truly heartbreaking and will keep you guessing until the very end, and possibly even after that, much like the jury which was a part of the case.

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Undoubtedly, The Asunta Case will have you hooked from start to finish, and it is a treat for anyone who enjoys true crime, in a more dramatized fashion. Do let us know in the comments your thoughts on The Asunta Case, and if this series made it to your watchlist!