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The Body (2012)
"El cuerpo" (original title)

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A detective searches for the body of a femme fatale which has gone missing from a morgue.

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Jaime Peña (as Jose Coronado)
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Álex Ulloa
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Mayka Villaverde
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Carla
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Vigilante Ángel Torres
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Erica Ulloa
Patrícia Bargalló ...
Agente Norma
Mia Esteve ...
Luna Villaverde
Sílvia Aranda ...
Ruth (as Silvia Aranda)
Manel Dueso ...
Agente Carlos
Pere Brasó ...
Agente 3
Albert López-Murtra ...
Agente 4 (as Albert López Murtra)
Paco Moreno ...
Agente Científica
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A detective searches for the body of a femme fatale which has gone missing from a morgue.

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2012 Banda Sonora Original, S.L. BSO
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Excellent Thriller with a Memorable Twist at the End
6 October 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

THE BODY (EL CUERPO) is one of those thrillers that grips you at the beginning and never lets go till the very end. The plot is straightforward: Álex Ulloa (Hugo Silva) has suffered a sudden bereavement, as his wife Mayka (Belén Rueda) has died of a heart attack. The corpse has been taken to the morgue without a postmortem, but has mysteriously disappeared. The morgue security- guard Torres (Miquel Gelabert) has been scared out of his wits - so much so that he runs out of the building and is knocked down by a car. Inspector Jaime Peña (José Coronado) investigates the crime, but finds the task difficult as he is still plagued by the memory of his wife's death a decade earlier in a hit-and-run accident. Sometimes his emotions get the better of him.

Set largely in and around the morgue, Oriol Paulo's film is a masterpiece of modern film noir, complete with dark shadows, long tracking shots down corridors, and point-of-view shots where we share the protagonists' uncertainties about what is going on. To complicate the plot still further, he introduces flashbacks into the past lives of Jamie and Álex, to show how the past exerts an almost paralyzing influence over the present.

The action takes place one dark night, where the rain pours down outside, confining all the characters to the claustrophobic space of the morgue. Within that space, Jaime apparently tries his best to tease out the truth of the crime, but Álex keeps resisting him. On the other hand, Álex tries to communicate with his girlfriend Carla (Aura Garrido), in an attempt to elope with her, but finds his endeavors continually frustrated by circumstances. Neither he nor Jaime can apparently obtain what they want. In this disordered environment, the logic of cause and effect has been deliberately disrupted.

As the action unfolds, so director Paulo further complicates the action by introducing sequence that represent projections of the protagonists' imagination; in other words, putting their assumptions on screen. This further complicates our comprehension of the plot; we have no idea how to separate 'truth' from 'fiction'. This confusion makes the dénouement all the more shocking.

Brilliantly performed, with Coronado giving a quite outstanding performance as the guilt-ridden inspector, THE BODY deserves to be considered a modern classic.


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