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La noche de los girasoles (2006)

While a speleologist is exploring a cave near a village in the north of Spain, his girlfriend is attacked in the nearby woods. His reaction leads to a tragic chain of events.
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After the discovery of the body of a sexually assaulted young girl hidden in a sunflower field, the horrible event is all over the news. The inhabitants of Cerredo, a small village in Spain, were living a simple lifestyle, until the unexpected discovery of an entrance to a cave, filled their hearts with expectation and dreams. While a crew from the Geology Department sent to investigate was inside the cave, an act of unprecedented violence was taking place. This will mark the beginning of a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed, intertwining the stories as well as the lives of everyone involved. Written by Nick Riganas

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25 August 2006 (Spain)  »

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The Night of the Sunflowers  »

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The butterfly effect adapted to the Spanish psychology
29 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

"La noche de los girasoles" begins with a meeting by chance, between a rapist and murderer, and his next victim. The rapist will try to victimize a young woman, and who she is and where it all takes place play a decisive part in the violent events that will ensue.

So this movie has several strong points. One of them is showing how someone completely unrelated to the rest of the main characters of the story, someone who meets one of those people (the young woman) by chance, can be the trigger for all we're about to see. Then, the structure is very attractive too, as the director tries to make full portraits of each important character and show us, not only what they're doing there, but where they come from, in every sense; he shows us what that person is like, their personality and motivations, and what they want, basically; then he drops that character into the spiral of events that have been started by the attack to the young woman, and so comes this suspenseful story, involving two speleologists, the girlfriend of their leader, a very honest and stern old cop and a dishonest, corrupt young one, and two old men who live in an otherwise derelict village.

Something else I liked about the movie is the fact that it shows how absurd and ungrounded violence is; all acts of violence in the movie are completely gratuitous and coming solely from human primal instincts. The violence comes from a lack of communication and a desire for power and beating the opponent.

As is the case with many Spanish movies, the ending lacks momentum and power, but works quite well, in any case, and makes much sense.

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