21 May 2018

La isla minima (Marshland)

La isla minima (Marshland) 2014
  • Director: Alberto Rodrigeuz
  • Based on novel: no
  • Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Neither of them
  • Why? Good reviews.
  • Seen: 18 May 2018      

       Two teenage sisters disappear from their rural Spanish home in the 80’s. Two Madrid cops are given the case, one a Franco supporter, the other a democratic activist.
       The girls’ mutilated sexually abused bodies are found. Murder mysteries/police dramas are not my favourite genre. This one has the usual ingredients: disillusioned cops with health/marriage problems, suspicious characters, misogyny, vicious serial sexual killing of young women, drugs, police brutality, even a car chase.
       Good acting, atmospheric filming of the bleak landscape and Spanish politics lift this just a bit above the banal. But it is still just a cop movie.

2 ½ * of 5

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