Did you know that Max is available in 61 territories worldwide? That’s right. The global rollout of the platform, which launched in 15 European countries, has expanded its offering to customers all around the globe. So, with such a varied audience, what are the best shows that attract people no matter their geography? Let’s see a few titles produced in countries other than the United States or the UK.
Veneno is a biographical account of transgender TV personality and icon Cristina Ortiz, known as “La Veneno”, and her journey towards both self-acceptance and fame. This milestone in Spanish TV is a masterpiece (don’t believe us? It has a rating of 8.7 on IMDB!) and an inspiring and touching production that deals with even the smallest details with care and attention. And the best part? You don’t need to know who La Veneno was to enjoy this Max series. In fact, it’s better if you allow yourself to be surprised by her.
The Piano Teacher (2001)
The Piano Teacher is a highly acclaimed psychological drama film directed by Michael Haneke and set in Vienna. This Austrian production is known for its challenging and thought-provoking content, including complex characters (for instance, piano teacher Erike Kohut, portrayed by Isabelle Huppert), unconventional narrative structure and storytelling, and several taboo subjects such as submission and repression.
Princess Mononoke (1999)
Princess Mononoke is a movie created by legendary Japanese writer and director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli (the same team behind Spirited Away). This movie, however, is set much earlier, in the late Muromachi period – a fantastic era inhabited by gods, spirits, and mythical creatures where humans are trying to conquer nature. Princess Mononoke addresses several environmental and ecological issues, highlighting the destructive impact of human industry and deforestation.
Kamikaze follows the story of Julie, an 18-year-old who is left alone after her entire affluent family dies in a plane crash. In other words, she goes from having it all to having to reevaluate what she previously considered so important. The series is Danish, and the highlight is definitely Marie Reuther’s performance. If you’re looking for a show that explores the meaning of life, loss, and love… this is definitely a good choice. One note: The movie takes place in Denmark, but the dialog is in English.
Legacy is a Chinese production set in 1920. The series follows the three daughters of Zinghua as they fight to become who will be the ‘true heir’ to the Shanghai department store, and it’s a perfect depiction of family intrigue. Although you might find the political nuances a little difficult to follow at times (the Sino-Japanese war, for instance), this is definitely a worthy watch that will capture your attention due its masterfully crafted intrigue and interesting various love stories.
Again, this is just a sampling of content, there is plenty more international content to explore on Max.