Netflix’s intense new German thriller series Dear Child follows the harrowing story of Jasmin Grass, a woman who is kidnapped and held captive by a mysterious abductor. But the shocking identity of Jasmin’s captor is just one of the twists that await viewers of this addictive six-episode drama.
A Life Turned Upside Down
When Jasmin (Kim Riedle) is abducted in a parking garage, her life is turned upside down. Her captor imprisons her in a remote cabin in the woods, forces her to dye her hair blonde, and gives her a new name – Lena. Forced to care for two young children, Hannah and Jonathan, Lena lives under her abductor’s strict control for five agonizing months before managing a bold escape. But she soon realizes she can’t hide from this merciless perpetrator.
An Eerie Connection to the Past
As investigators dig into the baffling cold case of a missing woman named Lena Beck, similarities between the two women raise alarming questions. The gripping series toggles between the present-day police investigation and flashbacks revealing Lena’s imprisonment, building suspense as the pieces slowly come together.
The Shocking Identity of the Captor Revealed
In a shocking twist, Lena’s abductor is revealed to be none other than Lars Rogner (Christian Beermann), the owner of a local security company. Lars has been living in plain sight for years while evading suspicion. But when savvy police officer Aida Kurt (Haley Louise Jones) traces security lapses back to Lars’ company, his web of deception starts to unravel.
The Tragic History Between Lars and Lena
Through flashbacks, viewers learn the tragic history between Lars and the real Lena Beck (Jeanne Goursaud). After Lena’s death in childbirth, Lars kidnaps other women to replace her, with Jasmin being the latest victim of his twisted obsession. Their son Jonathan is caught in the middle of the madness.
A Bloody and Dramatic Confrontation
In the action-packed finale, a suicidal Jasmin makes the chilling decision to return to captivity after her escape attempt fails. But she secretly arms herself with a shard of glass, biding her time before turning the tables on Lars in a bloody confrontation on the beach. As Lars takes his final breaths, investigators finally locate Lena Beck’s remains.
A Thrill Ride Full of Twists and Turns
With its constant twists and turns, Dear Child takes viewers on an intense journey exploring the rippling trauma caused by one man’s horrific crimes. Powerful performances and thoughtful storytelling cement this German thriller as a must-watch for fans of the genre. Just when you think you know where Dear Child is headed, this series delivers another shocking surprise.