A reasonably decent drama thriller with more drama than thrills; in fact, not many things that would constitute the title thriller at all. It's a thriller mostly on principle and the way it is directed, as the two main characters in the end have very little to be worried about, as the crime they committed was seen by no one. It's the lead up to this discovery (which they already knew, really) that has the suspense.
Beautifully filmed. Maria José was a stone cold fox. Reminded me of The Headless Woman in that the accident is just the key to a Pandora's box of all the class conflict in Spanish society. Question: are all Spanish language films about class conflict? The Rafael character is hateful in that he thinks his "lower station" justifies his blackmail. Too bad when a guy "mans up" he gets knocked down.
Many elements are incredibly experimental, and they achieve so much that it's easy to overlook the flaws. The editing, especially, takes many risks in presenting the story in a disjointed manner, with abrupt cuts, that do not distract from the overall narrative. The dialogue is so rich and beautiful. I don't think there has been a film in my recent memory where the dialogue resonated so much from a poetic angle.
Relationships, betrayals, love, revenge and mystery - A perfect Spanish movie with an Antonioniesque take on relationships and their impotency and exposes hypocrisy & lawlessness in Spanish society under Franco's regime. Suspenseful storyline, topnotch acting performances and supreme direction makes it one amazing movie. Highly Recommended!