So I finished the Belgian Netflix series Hotel Beausejour this weekend. I really enjoyed it but it did have some flaws. A lot of it probably had to do with my lack of familiarity with Belgian culture (and language).
The story is about a teenage girl named Kato who is murdered. She realizes that she is dead and appears on the show as herself, but as a ghost figure. She can feel pain and is basically still a human. The interesting part is that only 6 people can actually see and interact with her. To the rest, she is dead.
Not even Kato knows how she ended up dead or who did it, so she is determined to identify the killer. She enlists the help of the 5 people who can see her (more on # 6 later). The 5 people are her dad, her stepsister, a police officer who happens to be the uncle of her ex-boyfriend, her friend, and the son of the aforementioned police officer, who she hooked up with the night of her murder.
It is a murder mystery but there’s a lot of emotion involved, and Kato is both a tragic and an unsympathetic figure. The 6th person who sees her is not revealed until the last episode, and that person ends up being the killer. I totally didn’t see it coming and the show did accomplish that element of surprise.
I do recommend this show if you like foreign shows and films. It reminded me of a Belgian “Veronica Mars”.