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Ozark (Netflix series)

This satirical series starring Jason Bateman and one of my most favourite actresses, Launa Linney, is beautifully shot and superbly acted. Marty Byrde (Bateman) is a successful financial advisor living a boring and unhappy life. Perhaps he lacks a certain joie de vivre, or is too risk adverse, or perhaps he is just down right stingy. Due to his business partner getting involved with organised crime, Byrde ends up owing money to a Mexican cartel: five million dollars. He cashes out the entire investment portfolio he had been squirrelling away for years as he loses everything to the cartel and has to launder that money on the shores of the Ozarks. The Ozarks as presented is a place that feels like the location of Deliverance most of the year, but a scene out of Spring Breakers for a few weeks in summer. Byrde presents himself as an 'angel investor' and offers to invest and help out struggling local businesses. The locals are weathered and sinister as they have been ripp