The discovery of a young woman's dead body in the middle of a sunflower field near a quiet village will lead to a tragic string of events, and a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed. Who has the courage to get to the bottom of it?
As the dead body of a sexually assaulted young woman rests hidden in a sunflower field near the small village of Cerredo in Northern Spain, the horrible news will soon spread like wildfire. Up until now, this was a quiet and peaceful place; however, the unexpected discovery of an entrance to an unknown cave will draw the attention of a small crew of geologists eager to investigate the unexplored subterranean system, in the background of an unprecedented act of violence in the community. Inevitably, this unbearable situation shall mark the beginning of a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed, as both stories are inextricably intertwined with the lives of people beyond suspicion. But, who has the courage to get to the bottom of it?Written by
Due to the success of the film, his director Jorge Sánchez Cabezudo was named by different Spanish newspapers as the "Spanish "Hitchcock"". He is a huge fan of Hitchcock's films. The film also bring strong plot elements from "Revenge" the very first chapter of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" written by Francis Cockrell from a story by Samuel Bas and directed by Alfred Hitchcock himself. See more »
The butterfly effect adapted to the Spanish psychology
"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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