An immensely clever and well-paced drama, not without reference to Argentina's corruption-ridden legal system. Campanella's camera is sly - overtly direct to build tension, nebulous and obscure when required to maintain the appropriately high level of mystery. Much-hyped upon release but well-deserving of such praise.
Terrific script. What if you fear your passion? Hero’s obsession w/horrific case of love & loss indirectly illuminates his own self-sabotage. At first objectifies women, but loses his voice with Irene, & again upon seeing a woman objectified to death. He marvels at love, yet denies it in himself. “You keep waiting for the miracle”/“Then why didn’t you take me with you?” Mystified by own passivity. “It’s complicated.”
One of the best things i have ever watched. Effortless transition of two different time periods, thanks to the performances. Most interesting use of shallow depth of field, I usually hate the ubiquitous closeup shots but here they are well deserved - claustrophobic / intimate. But when they cut to wide shots they are virtuoso exercises of long takes that serve the story. Inarritu should take notes.
A crime drama that is mature and adult in a way that American movies rarely are. Though the main story of a murder investigation is far from great, beautifully natural, organic performances and writing keep it a pleasure to watch even when the plotting sags a bit. Hollywood should take some pointers. I give it a solid B.