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What to watch this week: From crime dramas to romance

An assortment of some of the must-watch, new releases now streaming on OTT platforms

What to watch this week: From crime dramas to romance
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From rib-tickling comedy-thrillers to gripping mystery narratives, intense crime dramas, and heartwarming romances, this curated list brings you the best in entertainment. Get ready to explore a diverse spectrum of storytelling, ensuring there’s something for every mood and taste. Here are the must-watch OTT releases that will add excitement and variety to your streaming queue this week!

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I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me (Spanish)

Helmed by the visionary director Fernando Frias, known for I’m No Longer Here, comes the Mexican comedy-thriller I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me

The narrative follows Juan Pablo Villalobos, a Mexican literature student, who, alongside his girlfriend Valentina, ventures to Barcelona for his dissertation. 

However, his life takes a dark turn due to his cousin’s involvement in crime, leading to menacing encounters with crime lord El licenciado. The turmoil not only affects his life but also alters the course of his dissertation.

Starring: Darío Yazbek, Natalia Solián, Anna Castillo, Alexis Ayala, Carmen Beato, Ivano Palatucci

Where to watch: Netflix

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A Nearly Normal Family (Swedish)

A Nearly Normal Family unfolds as a crime drama thriller series, drawing inspiration from Mattias Edvardsson’s acclaimed psychological novel. 

The narrative revolves around the seemingly average Sandell family in a Swedish city – Adam, Stella, and Ulrika. Adam serves as a pastor, Ulrika as a criminal defense lawyer, and their teenage daughter Stella faces accusations of murdering affluent businessman Chris. 

Despite their shock, each family member is prepared to resort to drastic measures to safeguard the others.

Starring: Alex Karlsson Tyrefors, Lo Kauppi, Björn Bengtsson, Melisa Ferhatovic, Christian Fandango Sundgren

Where to watch: Netflix

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Last Call for Istanbul (Turkish)

Fan favorites Beren Saat and Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, following their collaboration in Forbidden Love, join forces again in this captivating romantic drama. 

Directed by Gonenc Uyanik and penned by Nuran Evren Sit, the film introduces Kıvanç as Mehmet, who encounters Serin at the airport during their journey from Istanbul to New York City. 

What begins as a casual encounter takes a riveting turn as they choose to stay together in NYC with no commitments. However, both harbor secrets, unraveling a tale of love, betrayal, and mystery.

Starring: Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Beren Saat, Annie McCain Engman, Zihan Zhao, Joy Donze, Johnny Gaffney

Where to watch: Netflix

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Elf Me (Italian)

With the onset of the Christmas season, Elf Me emerges as a heartwarming family comedy in the Italian language, directed by Younuts. The film features performances by an ensemble cast, all of whom have a great chemistry together. 

Trip is an unconventional elf crafting peculiar weapons instead of toys for children’s Christmas gifts. 

His life takes an unexpected turn when he encounters Elia, a reserved village kid. Though initially at odds, they join forces to thwart a heartless businessman threatening to ruin Christmas. Can this unlikely duo save the holiday spirit?

Starring: Pasquale Petrolo, Federico Ielapi, Anna Foglietta, Claudio Santamaria, Giorgio Pasotti

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

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The Village (Tamil)

Adapted from the novel by Asvin Srivatsangam, Vivek Rangachari, and Shamik Dasgupta, the storyline of the show revolves around renowned Tamil actor Arya’s character, Dr. Gautham Subramanian, and his family, who face a harrowing ordeal in a desolate village.

Arya makes his debut in the world of OTT with this horror-thriller film, helmed by Milind Rau.

What was supposed to be a memorable road trip from Nagapattinam to Chennai turns into a nightmare as they unexpectedly encounter eerie creatures and mutants. The series unfolds the unexpected horrors that shatter their anticipation of a fun-filled journey.

Starring: Arya, Divya Pillai, Aazhiya, Aadukalm Naren, Muthukumar. K, George Maryan, Thalaivasal Vijay

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

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