2014 ( Spain ) ( Crime, Thriller )
(Spanish with English subtitles)
Starring: Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, María Varod
Director: Alberto Rodríguez
Javier Gutiérrez and Raúl Arévalo play mismatched cops – one married and frustrated, the other single and brooding – investigating the murders of young women in a remote, backward corner of 1980s Spain.
Steeped in post-Franco angst and simmering with small-town unease, ‘Marshland’ is unpretentious, compelling and smart. Director Alberto Rodríguez crams the film with red herrings, dead leads, oddball supporting characters and murky political subtext. He leads us out into the wilds and back again, throwing in the odd fist fight and car chase to keep things ticking along. The result is a taut, visually sumptuous and hugely entertaining thriller.