Competently crafted thriller that offers a plot and twists worthy of Hitchcock's highlights. It draws attention right from the start, and it's hard not to watch it in one take. But, beneath intrigues that it offers, lies a story in which characters are just plot devices. So, psychologically unconvincing characters are the price for its masterful exactness. Recommendable, although it's hard not to feel kind of cheated
Gripping mystery thriller which takes great risks of verisimilitude about deceptive appearances. It abandons itself wholeheartedly to Hitchcockian (and as another reviewer correctly points out De Palma) narrative patinas. Occasionally too self-congratulatory as if it aims to compete with US films of the genre, it provides good characterizations, contains some memorable scenes (e.g. car accident) and has social bite.
Now this is my ScandiNoir of the year, even though it's in snowy mountainous Spain but whatever. It lacks the emotional stringpulling that truly pushes a thriller from good to great, but the puzzle is damn satisfying, and the framing device is fantastic: the whole present action is set in a single room, the rest being a telling of past events, the twists & turns unfolding from narration,which may or not be reliable.