I wouldn't call it exceptional, but it earned these 4 stars in the good ol' slowburn way. It starts creaky, stilted, uninteresting, like a glossy crossbreeding of Memories of Murder and True Detective with a mediocre cast, but it slowly builds its case, with very little thrills or twists (though they are great), making every turn worth your while. Can we get more of these but with less rape and femicide, please?
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.
Les magnifiques photos des paysages saisies dans la verticalité de judicieuses prises de vues aériennes de centaines de bigarrées parcelles aquatiques et terrestres comme d'époustouflants puzzles de couleurs et de reflets multiples, contrastent en puissance et définition avec la déliquescence et la noirceur des individus qui s'agitent et grouillent comme des insectes malfaisants et tenaces. www.cinefiches.com
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.
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.
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.
Es gibt ein Sub-Genre, dass ich für unsere Videothek besonders pflege: Der moderne Film Noir aus Spanien, Latein- und Südamerika. Hier hat sich aus den klassikern der schwarzen Serie etwas ganz Neues entwickelt: Im gleissenden Sonnenlicht gewinnt der Film Noir vor allem eine politische Dimension dazu... mehr auf cinegeek.de