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 one 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.
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.
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
A crime thriller that explores not just a series of sadistic murders but also a consequences of post-totalitarian society. Stunning screenshots from bird's-eye view are here just to hide an everlasting paranoia which is soaked in a land with desperation and creeping secrets from the past that has never gone by. And there's no catharsis out there that could ensure closure without feeling of something not being right.