Tabula Rasa

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  • TV-MA
  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (11,167)

Tabula Rasa is a Belgian psychological thriller series that was first released on Netflix in 2017. The series is directed by Jonas Govaerts and Kaat Beels and stars Veerle Baetens, Stijn Van Opstal, and Jeroen Perceval. The plot of Tabula Rasa revolves around a young woman named Mie, who is suffering from amnesia. She wakes up in a secured psychiatric facility, unable to recall anything about her past, including the face of her husband and daughter. Her only possession is a diary written in a cryptic code that she can't decipher, adding to her confusion.

Mie's predicament is worsened by her principal doctor, Dr. Jef Declercq, who is far too interested in her case. With time, Mie begins to experience flashbacks of a traumatic incident, involving the disappearance of a man in the woods. However, she can't recall any details of what happened, leading to questions about whether she was involved in the man's disappearance.

Dr. Declercq suspects that Mie is withholding crucial information, and subjects her to hypnosis to unearth her repressed memories. Dr. Declercq becomes increasingly invasive, and the tension between the two increases, leading to a compelling psychological cat-and-mouse game.

As Mie struggles with her amnesia, she is transferred to a different facility where she meets fellow patient Benoit, who believes that he's been kidnapped by the authorities. Benoit's hallucinations and unfounded paranoia cause Mie to question her own sanity, and she finds herself unable to distinguish between reality and delusion.

Mie's husband and daughter also feature in the show and are integral to the progression of events. Her husband Tom is a caring and supportive partner working day and night to try and find his missing wife. Meanwhile, their daughter Ella struggles to come to terms with her mother's disappearance, leading her to harbor dark secrets and even darker intentions.

Tabula Rasa stands out from other psychological thrillers because of its unique premise and execution. The series takes its time to draw out its central mystery, building the suspense skillfully as the viewers are taken deeper into Mie's twisted and unpredictable world. Early on, it becomes apparent that Mie's amnesia is a crucial element of the show's storytelling, prompting the viewer to question whether the things they are seeing on screen are entirely accurate.

The show's focused narrative combines supernatural themes with an overarching sense of unease that keeps the viewer glued to the screen. The psychological horror of Mie's condition also makes it difficult to swallow the notion that her deteriorating mental state is merely a byproduct of her amnesia.

Tabula Rasa has a talented cast, and all contribute to the show's overall quality. Veerle Baetens delivers an outstanding performance as Mie, capturing the emotional complexity of the character effortlessly. The performances of Stijn Van Opstal and Jeroen Perceval, as Mie's husband and therapist, respectively, are also noteworthy.

In conclusion, Tabula Rasa is an intelligently written, well-acted, and hauntingly atmospheric thriller. The show has everything: mystery, terror, and suspense, and it will leave you questioning your beliefs until the final episode. It's a must-watch for anyone who loves psychological dramas and horror films.

Tabula Rasa is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on October 29, 2017.

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9. Bob
December 3, 2017
Mie meets the witness who saw her with Thomas right before he disappeared; Dr. Mommaerts gets Mie to remember her final encounter with Thomas.
Wood for the Trees
8. Wood for the Trees
The day of the disappearance, Mie overhears an argument between Benoit and her mom. Nikki visits Mie at the hospital and reveals a secret.
7. Wally
November 26, 2017
A few weeks before the disappearance, Benoit spots a message on Mie's phone and follows her; Vronsky asks Mie for a tiny gift in return for a favor.
The Bear Pit
6. The Bear Pit
Mie confronts her family, demanding to know what they've held back from her, and later learns more about her worrying medical history.
5. V.
November 19, 2017
Mie undergoes hypnosis; a family Halloween party takes a somber turn; suspicious of her husband's frequent outings, Mie decides to follow him.
De draad van Ariadne
4. De draad van Ariadne
November 12, 2017
Mie is convinced that the strange forces at the forest house start to influence her daughter. When she can't control Romy's behavior, she asks a medium for help. Benoit, who doesn't believe in this, has enough. Mie notices he's more distant. In the present she still denies her connection with Thomas De Geest. Wolkers starts to doubt Mie's memory problem. An MRI scan and a lie detector have to confirm his feeling. The result: it's time for both to lay their cards on the table.
Vogel voor de kat
3. Vogel voor de kat
November 12, 2017
Pyromaniac Vronsky's intentions are not clear, but he starts to win Mie's trust. Inspector Wolkers confronts her with evidence she knew Thomas De Geest well. Mie keeps denying this, but she realizes Thomas sought contact with her. She also remembers how some strange events at the forest house brought tension with Benoit. Wolkers tries something new and takes Mie for a walk in the forest. He hopes it will refresh her memory.
2. Houdini
November 5, 2017
Mie loses her temper at a family birthday party and becomes suspicious of her husband; Inspector Wolkers finds evidence linking Mie to Thomas.
De Geest
1. De Geest
October 29, 2017
Mie, a young woman with loss of memory, is stuck in a mental hospital. She gets a visit from DI Wolkers who claims she's the key in a mysterious disappearance case. The visits of the inspector and her family very slowly awakens her memory. Everything seems to have started at a remote house in the woods. The more she remembers, the more she starts to distrust the people around her, but most of all herself. Are the new memories real or is it her imagination who tries to fill the gaps in her memory.
Where to Watch Tabula Rasa
Tabula Rasa is available for streaming on the Netflix website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Tabula Rasa on demand at Netflix.
  • Premiere Date
    October 29, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (11,167)