|Shira Haas as Esther Shapiro in "Unorthodox"|
Several months ago, our beloved daughter got us hooked up to an Amazon Fire Stick. It has been useful for watching the BBC i-player - catching up with programmes that have passed by. At first we were reluctant to venture into "Netflix" territory but finally succumbed.
She recommended a four-episode drama series that came onto "Netflix" at the end of March. It is called "Unorthodox" and is largely focused upon a young woman called Esther Shapiro - or Esty who effectively escapes from the stifling expectations of a strict Jewish Hasidic community based in Brooklyn, New York.
Esty flees to Berlin where her mother lives and attempts to embark upon a new secular life - that is until the past tries to catch up with her.
Delivered in an intriguing mixture of Yiddish, German and English, "Unorthodox" is a beautifully crafted quartet of episodes which ends with some hope for the future. Esty is physically small and vulnerable. Her part is played sympathetically and convincingly by a young Israeli actress called Shira Haas.
I enjoyed "Unorthodox" immensely. There was no killing and no detectives solving crimes but there was a tender story and there were several excellent performances. You felt lost in this drama and to me that is how great drama should affect you. Convincing and absorbing.
If you have access to Netflix, perhaps you will give this mini-series a try.