Netflix’s Russian Doll Reveals the Hidden Cost of “Inconsequential” Decisions

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Netflix’s Russian Doll Reveals the Hidden Cost of “Inconsequential” Decisions

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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f you were reborn today, then what would you do differently?

Russian Doll, Netflix’s newest eight-episode series, centers around Nadia, who dies on her 36th birthday, and is forced to relive it while stuck in a seemingly unending time loop, and “staring down the barrel of her own mortality”. In each of her rebirths, she sets out to identify the factor responsible for the apparent glitch in the Universe. Like Peter Howitt’s Sliding Doors, it explores multiple realities occurring all at the same time; how different actions lead to different conclusions. Nadia, played by Natasha Lyonne (the show’s creator), tries hunting down the specific life event that sent everything downhill. Was it her friend Maxine’s weird joint? Was it hurting her ex? As she scrutinises her life, we are confronted by all the decisions we have ever taken for granted.

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