Invisible City: Netflix ~ Non-Spoiler Review

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Image shows scenes from the Brazilian Netflix show Invisible City. Centre image is the theatrical poster for the show.

🇧🇷 Invisible City 🇧🇷

Invisible City (2021) is a Brazilian Netflix Original show. Season 1 has 7 x 31-40 min episodes. Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller. Available with subtitles and dubbing. 15 Cert UK.


“An underground world is inhabited by mythical creatures evolved from a deep lineage of Brazilian folklore. One detective who finds himself caught in a murder investigation that puts him in the middle of a battle between these two worlds.” IMDb

Based on a story by Raphael Draccon


Marco Pigossi as Eric

Jéssica Córes as Camilla

Julia Conrad as Gabriela

Samuel de Assis as João 

Manuela Dieguez as Luna 

José Dumont as Ciço 

Victor Sparapane as Manaus

Wesley Guimarães as Isac 

Fábio Lago as Iberê

Jimmy London as Tutu

Áurea Maranhão as Marcia

Tainá Medina as Fabiana 

Alessandra Negrini as Inês 

Thaia Perez as Januária 

Rafael Sieg as Ivo 


Directors: Luis Carone & Júlia Pacheco Jordão

Cinematographers: Glauco Firpo & Kaue Zilli

Costume: David Parizotti

Theatrical poster for Invisible City.


Invisible City is an ode to Brazilian folklore. Here is a list of the creatures you will meet in the show with links to more details which are worth reading either before or after watching.

Encantado: a pink river dolphin seducer

Cuco: a humanoid crocodile

Saci: a red-capped prankster

Iara: A singing mermaid

Tapire-iaura: A tapir-nymph

Curupira: The guardian of the forest

One of the Executive Producers is Carlos Saldanha of Rio and Ice Age fame. Another is Caito Ortiz who was also an EP for The Lighthouse.

Image shows a scene from Invisible City of Marco Pigossi as Eric with a dead pink river dolphin on a beach in Rio de Janiero with clear view of Sugar Loaf Mountain.


Before I watched Invisible City I had it described to me as being “magical”. I suspected therefore that this would be right up my “rua” and I was not in the least bit disappointed. There is certainly a strong folklore-magic element running throughout and although it is nicely balanced by the “real world” this is not done dismissively. 

The different and original approach in the storyline whilst playing with the trope of a detective trying to prove the murder of his wife works well. That the folkloric elements and characters are intertwined throughout makes this story stand out from the crowd. When we think we know what is going on yet another twist is inserted to great effect. As twisty and turny as a path through the forest itself. There are sections where the tension is palpable.

Image shows a figure with his head on fire in a scene from Invisible City

The Brazilian folklore characters are so vibrant and different from any I have encountered before. I appreciated that they use the little girl’s storybook to help explain some of these as the story unfolds. I was certainly encouraged by this to read up more about this fascinating folklore which is such a mixture of cultures. Regardless of the folklore, this show can still be enjoyed without knowing any of it beforehand. 

Image shows a scene from Invisible City with Eric holding a Brazilian folklore book looking at his daughter

The costuming in Invisible City is excellent. I particularly loved the use of the plastic bags, such a clever idea which links so well with the whole “city environment” theme. Choices of other costumes for various characters are quirky. Using a shirt colour to bring out the colour of the male lead’s eyes is always a good move. 

I really liked both the choice and use of music and songs throughout the show. Evocative, reflective of events, emotional, all really good choices. Off to see if there is a playlist on Spotify now. 

A scene from Invisible City of Eric wearing a green shirt to match his eyes.

The cinematography and locations are other strong points of Invisible City. The range of overhead shots and other camerawork, not always in the easiest of filming conditions, I am sure, is impressive. When you have chosen a city such as Rio de Janiero and the forest in Ubatuba, São Paulo you need to make the most of it. Rio is established in the very first episode with views of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Here both city and forest become characters of their own, which I love, and which does not always happen in TV shows! They also epitomise the clash between rural and urban, new and old, “progress” and ecological awareness. Not just ecological but also the value placed upon traditional beliefs and culture. 

A scene from Invisible City of Eric and Márcia in the jungle

I thought the whole cast in this was excellent and it is good to see such a wide range in the casting. The male lead is outstanding (no surprise when you know of his previous work) and the little girl who plays his daughter is a great find. 

My lasting thoughts about Invisible City is that it gives the distinct impression that it is made with a lot of heart, passion and respect. I loved its energy and very much hope that a second season will appear at some point. An easy binge-watch as episodes are short and there are only 7 which left me wanting more (always a good sign). I hope that this series is renewed for another season, as it brings something different to the table. Obrigado brasil!

Image shows a scene from Invisible City with right: Márcia, centre Eric, left Isac/Saci


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  1. Thanks for the recommendation. I’m definitely intrigued. It’s at the top of my list when I get back to checking out new telly.

  2. I very much appreciate this recommendation, Davina. It’s now near the top of my list when I am back to watching great telly series. (It has to follow catching up with Fargo s4, His Dark Materials s2, and a few other things.)

    Great review!

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