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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jaime Peña (as Jose Coronado)
... Álex Ulloa
... Mayka Villaverde
... Carla Miller
... Vigilante Ángel Torres
... Agente Pablo
... Agente Mateos
Carlota Olcina ... Erica Ulloa
Patrícia Bargalló ... Agente Norma
Mia Esteve ... Luna Villaverde
Sílvia Aranda ... Ruth Peña (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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In the middle of the night, a guard working the night shift at the morgue located deep in the woods has a terrible car accident, and as a result, he is now in a coma, suffering multiple skull injuries and fractures. But what made the guard panic and leave his post in the first place? Furthermore, according to the register, the body of Mayka Villaverde, a beautiful well-off businesswoman, is mysteriously missing from the morgue. Presumably, Mayka died of a heart attack, nevertheless, who signed the death certificate with the autopsy pending? In the end, when in forensic medicine the principle of: "every death is a homicide until proven otherwise" is a basic general rule, finding out who is behind this case shrouded in mystery is going to be an arduous task. Written by Nick Riganas

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La muerte no siempre es el final (Death Is Not Always the End) See more »

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Three of the male characters have the same names as Spanish and Argentinian Premier League footballers . See more »

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The pieces of paper Alex Ulloa throws in the toilet change positions between shots. See more »

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Álex Ulloa: Who's that?
Mayka Villaverde: Nobody.
Álex Ulloa: Were you talking about me?
Mayka Villaverde: You won't like it. He's my new lawyer.
Álex Ulloa: What's wrong with Gloria?
Mayka Villaverde: As well as being my sister, she's also your lawyer, and I want to revise our marriage contract. The property division.
Álex Ulloa: You can't be serious.
Mayka Villaverde: I'm always serious with you. Even if I laugh at you constantly.
Álex Ulloa: You want everyone at your feet, don't you?
Mayka Villaverde: Not everyone. You, yes... Got you! You handed that to me on a platter!
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References Suspicion (1941) See more »

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November
Performed by Nikol Kollars
Written by Toni Saigi (as Toni Saigi Chupi) and Dani Espinet (as Daniel Espinet Nieto)
2012 Banda Sonora Original, S.L. BSO
Sound Studio: Banda Sonora Original, S.L.
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A perfectly crafted mystery & thriller from Spain
15 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

A very exciting thriller with many interesting and surprised fluctuations which probably even had puzzled Hitchcock but also made him proud.

The film is very classic, almost old-fashioned, and it flirts healthy and often with particularly mentioned the horror master. The story moves very smoothly between Film Noir, and more traditional contemporary thriller.

"The Body" is about a woman's dead body disappears from the morgue. The husband of the deceased woman, quickly becomes a target of both, the murder of his wife and stealing the body. He was called to the scene to assist with the investigation. The interrogations led by the right shady Commissar, with his own dim past and hearings interspersed with flashbacks of the couple's life, which is played in various flashbacks.

Everything takes place in a proper rainy night in the morgue and the surroundings could hardly be more nasty and claustrophobic. The film really works admirably well and fooling with the viewer, exactly where it wants. The script is well written and although certainly a gap or two can be found, don't bother to look when you are in the middle, instead of being frightened and follow the clues presented.

The film is directed by Oriol Paulo, who two years ago-wrote sovereign "Julia's Eyes" in which Belen Rueda plays Julia and in "The Body" she plays the unsympathetic Mayka (the deceased), an incredibly believable performance. There are good actors in all roles and although sometimes the commissar is near the border of caricature so successful balancing act and it never gets too much.

The last scene when everything unraveled is somewhat contrived. Everything needs was not unfolded and some unanswered questions are good to keep a little spice, but despite the somewhat pedagogical explanations in the end, everything leading up to it wonderfully confusing and nerve wracking as well, as I really hope to get jump-to more such films by Oriol Paulo ahead.

7.5/10.


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