A woman’s sexual desires are still, surprisingly, relatively taboo and, let’s face it, despite being touched on a few times in mainstream media, are more complex than many (disappointingly) know. Netflix’s latest series, Sexify, is a steady Polish drama that confronts sex, intimacy and the reality of the modern female experience head-on. Following three women as they set out to create an app that will optimise the female orgasm, the production delves into relationships, family conflict and self-discovery. It’s your classic young-adult show, full of likeable characters, somewhat relatable plot lines and just enough drama to get you hooked, clicking on the next episode even when you may not really want to.
Throughout the series’s eight episodes, the plot centres around Natalia (Aleksandra Skraba), an anti-social genius who shuns intimacy, trying to make a name for herself in the academic field. After being told her project isn’t “sexy enough” to be put forward for a prestigious tech competition, she decides to change course and focus instead on the one thing everyone in her university can’t seem to stop talking about: sex. With the help from her unsatisfied engaged catholic best friend Pauline (Maria Sobocinska) and ex socialite roommate Monika (Sandra Drzymalska), Natalia gets to work on an app that will make sure no woman has to be disappointed in the bedroom ever again.
The narrative is straightforward, successfully intertwining the three women’s storylines together while pushing the action towards the overall goal of the app’s development and competition deadline. The show also manages to make viewers relatively invested in each of the character’s individual arcs with its stellar cast who breathes charm and personality into their roles. With their realistic portrayals, the cast amplify the unique and distinct experiences regarding sex. As viewers witness their different messy relationships, awkward family dinners and personal growth, it’s hard not to keep watching. However, with predictable outcomes and lengthy episodes, it’s easy to become lethargic instead of fully engaged when doing so.
Sexify is packed with hidden charm – and despite its on the nose and at times monotonous feel – it stands as an addictive story. With solid writing, a great message and some good old fashioned sexual liberation, it’s a series that every woman will no doubt be able to relate to in some way.
Sexify is released on Netflix on 28th April 2021.
Watch the trailer for Sexify here: