For the past several years, I have actually watched the new seasons of Downton Abbey while they aired in the U.K., but this year I have fallen down on that front and may end up holding out until the new year at this point and getting my period drama jam on with LPB.
Luckily, I have found a program to fill the gap between now and them, the Spanish language program The Time in Between.
The Time in Between has it all: the use of the word atelier, an actual atelier (dressmaker’s studio), glorious period fashion, chapeaus (wrong language, but fitting) and a bit of intrigue.
The story follows Sira, who starts the show as a seamstress in Madrid but ends up as a dressmaker/designer in Morocco before returning to Madrid to filter information to British intelligence concerning the German social scene in Spain. If you feel like I just gave away the entire show and you shouldn’t watch it, trust me when I say there is a lot of in-between material that makes it all worthwhile, including romance, betrayal, covert transactions, friendship and rebuilding life.
I have a weakness for movies that focus on women excelling in a career path, particularly if they are rebounding from a harsh situation. Sira is a delightful character, and Adriana Ugarte portrays her to perfection. Her eyes are mesmerizing and tell a brilliant story you can’t miss….even while you are reading the English subtitles.
As Sira finds her way in a foreign country and works her way back to her old life and building something for herself, viewers learn a great deal about Spain in the 1930s as well as Morocco and also are able to develop a deeper understanding concerning Spanish involvement in World War II.