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Marshland (2014)

La isla mínima (original title)
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Two cops lost in the deep south of Spain. One serial killer to catch. A lot of secrets and lies of discover.

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Alberto Rodríguez
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Gutiérrez ... Juan Robles
Raúl Arévalo ... Pedro Suárez
María Varod María Varod ... Trinidad
Perico Cervantes Perico Cervantes ... Padre Trinidad
Jesús Ortiz Jesús Ortiz ... Andrés
Jesús Carroza ... Miguel
Salva Reina Salva Reina ... Jesús
Antonio de la Torre ... Rodrigo
Nerea Barros ... Rocío
Ana Tomeno Ana Tomeno ... Marina
Paula Palacios Paula Palacios ... Niña 1
Claudia Ubreva Claudia Ubreva ... Niña 2
Lucía Arias Lucía Arias ... Niña 3
Chelo Castro Chelo Castro ... Niña 4
Jesús Castro ... Quini
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1980. In a little town close to Coto of Doñana (Andalusia, south to Spain), two teen girls have disappeared. The father of one of the girls, who have connections with important people in the forces of the law, gets that two police detectives of homicides from Madrid are assigned to the mission to find the girls if they are alive, or find the assassin if they appear died. The detectives are Pedro Suárez and Juan Robles. While that Suárez is a young, taciturn and circumspect agent in a Spain that it tries to find a new identity as democratic country after General Franco's death in 1975, Robles is a veteran, funny and expeditious agent, with a mysterious past as alleged member of Franco's Armed Police dismantled in 1978. Unable to reconcile one with each other, Suárez and Robles find trapped by the hostile environment of a place where the old Franco's methods and customs still alive, and where they two aren't welcome. When the girls appears died, the following investigation move the cops... Written by Chockys

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Nobody Talks... Everybody Have Something to Hide. See more »


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Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 2014 (Spain) See more »

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Marshland See more »

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Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€948,017 (Spain), 26 September 2014, Limited Release
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Some frames of the film are based on photographs of Atín Aya, whose work impressed the filmmakers when they knew his work in a retrospective exhibition. See more »


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Cuba Libre
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Highly engaging murder mystery
28 January 2015 | by MovieSonicSee all my reviews

In the vain of True Detective (2014) but with the intensity (and pretentiousness) dialled down a couple of notches. This was compulsive, engaging and entertaining throughout.

I watched with the original Spanish audio and Spanish subtitles so I can't really comment on the quality of the script because my level of understanding was at about 70-80%.

The pacing was even, there weren't any unnecessarily drawn out scenes and everybody behaved in a realistic manner. The acting from the leads was superb but some of the supporting cast were quite wooden and most of the photographs used in the film were extremely posed. Those are minor critiques though; the only thing that really irks me is that no matter how well these films are made, and no matter how sensitively the subject matter is broached, they always feel a little gratuitous, hence why they usually lose one or two points from me. I watched The Treatment (2014) a while ago and both of these films currently have roughly the same IMDb score. Clearly then, ratings are hugely affected by the emotional impact of dealing with sexual abuse and murder. La Isla Mínima was, in my opinion, markedly better than The Treatment and I hope its rating increases to reflect this.

Another reason this film was more satisfying than others in its genre is that the police behave in a realistic manner - granted this is part of the commentary on the culture in this part of the world and what police have to resort to in order to protect their own people, but it still felt satisfying from a plot perspective and as an audience member. The final confrontation was horrific and yet entirely necessary. The film needed it and this was also entirely in keeping with the characters and the message of the film. Obviously, each will take away their own views but for me, the 'very' end made me question my earlier conviction that the final confrontation was 'justified': isn't that what everyone says to justify their actions?

If you enjoy films in this genre then it's an obvious choice 8/10.


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