The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters – both detectives in the homicide division – to investigate the cases.
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Exceptional police crime thriller, that won 10 Goya awards, from director Alberto Rodriguez with a wonderfully thought out script from the director and Rafael Cobos. Performances are solid and the camera work of Alex Catalan is often breath taking but its the scripting that is aces here. A mix of crime thriller, small town secrets and the demons of the past give this a great depth that often has a "Twin Peaks" vibe.
Coming off like a cross between True Detective and the recent Australian film Mystery road, Marshland is a well plotted thriller with enough intrigue to keep the audience guessing. Solid acting and some stunning photography. 4 stars
Marshland's rural Spanish setting is breathtaking in its location work. Yet, as a police-procedural, it rarely treats its characters as people, but rather specimens for the plot design. It's so detailed in the investigation, aside from some underdeveloped details, it forgets to have fun or be dramatically interesting. Ultimately, Marshland is indulged in the wrong places, yet is narrow minded in all else.
An impressively insidious slither through murky lands with a pair of equally murky lawmen. Murky in one case due to a shady past serving Franco; murky in the other because frustratingly underwritten. Anyway, young girls are being defiled and discarded in the boonies of 1980 Spain, and these brooders are on the case, mustaches in tow. Really something to look at, right from the air-to-ground topographical get-go.