Marshland (La isla mínima) Reviews

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September 25, 2015
Marshland has superb performances and a heady atmosphere, but its greatest strength is finding resolution while letting the mystery be.
August 20, 2015
The elegant widescreen compositions and use of light and shadows are strongly reminiscent of Seven and Zodiac, and the film's eerie, disconcerting mood brings to mind HBO's True Detective.
August 13, 2015
Visually and atmospherically, Marshland is suffused with an eerie oppressiveness, entirely at odds with the region's reputation for light-hearted alegria.
August 13, 2015
A couple of mismatched cops in the immediate post-Franco era investigate the brutal murders of two teenage girls in Alberto Rodriguez's satisfyingly atmospheric neo-noir.
August 13, 2015
How far you enjoy Marshland will depend on your enthusiasm for the ritual of genre -- and, in particular, for the type of story where violence against women is mainly an excuse to probe the troubled souls of men.
August 7, 2015
Allegory washes up against mystery in this superb period piece.
August 25, 2018
Generically, Marshland at first could be mistaken for a straightforward police procedural in many senses, but the factor that grants it its real punch is its politics.
August 21, 2018
In Marshland's case, a sense of humor would have made all the grim stuff - and there's a lot of it - easier to digest.
August 6, 2018
It's a tight script whose classic cop-film pleasures hide unexpected nuance and empathy.
March 5, 2018
The ending of La Isla Mnima is discouraging: the small triumph achieved by Pedro "the good guy" - through Juan "the bad guy" - means, in a way, a betrayal. The "new" Spain has been born buried into the past. (Review in spanish)
December 13, 2017
... the film advances with verve. [Full review in Spanish]
November 21, 2017
It hits most of the right notes as a conventional crime thriller featuring the usual ne'er-do-wells... What deepens it into something more involving is the combination of time and place.
June 17, 2016
Brilliant noir policier in a distinctive environment where the fraught political and economic circumstances hang over the solution to a shocking crime.
March 16, 2016
Even if it stays true to the conventions of the crime drama, it dares to explore complicated themes of the political and social issues of the time its set on. [Full review in Spanish]
March 3, 2016
Whilst its broad plot might be a touch too neat, Marshland manages to say quite a lot about entrenched neglect and ignorance both within and without systems of power
October 29, 2015
While we're still pretending that True Detective season 2 didn't happen, we have Alberto Rodrguez's thriller Marshland to satisfy our yearning for moody detectives investigating a disturbing case that shakes their faith in humanity.
October 16, 2015
Um filme que, sob a superfcie de suspense policial, constri um painel complexo de um pas lidando com feridas que jamais fecharam.
August 17, 2015
The novel settings -- rural Southern post-Franco Spain -- sets this convoluted Spanish serial killer thriller apart.
August 13, 2015
The swampy lowlands at the mouth of Spain's Guadalquivir River, as lensed by cinematographer Alex Catalan, help liberate the film from its genre moorings to produce a striking new form of Southern Gothic.
August 13, 2015
WOW. Seriously, just WOW. This multi-award-winning drama from Spain ranks as one of the best films of 2015 from a multitude of angles.
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