In the enormously popular PBS series, Downton Abbey, cousins Mary and Matthew fall in love and eventually marry. In England through the time of Downton Abbey, it wasn’t unusual for cousins to marry, and many of the Jane Austen novels involved cousins marrying. Many countries and about a third of the American states allow marriage between first cousins. It’s become more controversial in recent years because of the slight genetic risks involved.
In the opening scene of Boundaries, there is a hint of attraction between 16-year-old Kaia and her 22-year old cousin Mark. Where will this lead? Will this be a tragedy? What’s your initial reaction?