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In the MARSHLAND a serial killer is on the loose. Two homicide detectives who appear to be poles apart must settle their differences and bring the murderer to justice before more young women lose their lives.

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Alberto Rodríguez
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Gutiérrez ... Juan Robles
Raúl Arévalo ... Pedro Suárez
María Varod María Varod ... Trinidad
Perico Cervantes Perico Cervantes ... Padre Trinidad
Jesús Ortiz Jesús Ortiz ... Andrés
Jesús Carroza ... Miguel
Salva Reina Salva Reina ... Jesús
Antonio de la Torre ... Rodrigo
Nerea Barros Nerea Barros ... Rocío
Ana Tomeno Ana Tomeno ... Marina
Paula Palacios Paula Palacios ... Niña 1
Claudia Ubreva Claudia Ubreva ... Niña 2
Lucía Arias Lucía Arias ... Niña 3
Chelo Castro Chelo Castro ... Niña 4
Jesús Castro ... Quini
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The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division - to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past. Written by Atípica Films

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Life. Death. Salvation.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 2014 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Marshland See more »

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Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€948,017 (Spain), 26 September 2014, Limited Release
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The journalist asks whether Juan had been to Vallecas. Vallecas, a suburb of Madrid was the scene of resistance to Franco's regime, and thus a target for his secret police. See more »


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Alameda's Blues
Written by Julián Matito, Manuel Molina, Ricardo Pachón and Liebgott Feddersen
© 1984 by Bocaccio Ediciones Musicales, S.L.
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Performed by Smash
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L.
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Intriguing thriller packed with stellar acting , superb cinematography and colorful landscapes
26 April 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Gripping and stirring picture , in which there's a fine line between genre conventions and outright clichés . The Spanish deep South, 1980 , in the Marshland a serial killer is on the loose . A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten location bring together a pair of different Police Inspectors Juan (Javier Gutiérrez) and Pedro (Raúl Arévalo) . Two homicide policemen who appear to be poles apart must settle their differences and bring the murderer to justice before more young women lose their lives . With deep divisions in their ideology , these detectives must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a murderer

Formula thriller filled with gritty action , crisply edition , tension , suspenseful and lots of violence . This serious and truly original film with groundbreaking narrative results to be a fantastically intriguing story of murders , being very well done , swiftly paced and including a twisted screenplay . Interesting theme about a couple of cops who carry out their objectives by whatever means , including violence , slipping outside the bounds of the law through their use of force , coercion , lies and half-truths ; however this issue has been previously treated in many other films , especially American ones . As its story can remember the great American series "True Detective" , because they have similar situations with a misfit pair of cops and two parallel outdoors : American Southern Mississippi against the background of the Spanish south such as Andalucia and its Guadalquivir marshes . It has emotional or aesthetic resonance , even comforting in some ways , and partly because is just more attuned to nuanced variations on what might appear to be mere formula . The plot is simple but plenty of thrills and surprises , as two detectives to track down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past . This intelligently made picture relies heavily on the complicated relationship between two disparate characters , both detectives in the homicide division to investigate the grisly killings cases . This moving motion picture contains stylistic boldness and energy , its evocation of a particular time and place , Spain of 30+ years ago , adding impressive images corresponding to various marshes of Andalucia , such as the ones of Coto Doñana and the Salinas De San Fernando in Cádiz . Very good acting from Javier Gutiérrez as a tough , arrogant cop abusing the suspects' civil rights and Raul Arevalo as an upright Inspector who displays his disturbing look to everybody . Support cast is pretty good such as Antonio De la Torre , Nerea Barros and Jesus Castro , ¨El Niño¨ .

Thrilling as well as evocative musical score by Julio De Rosa . Colorful as well as dark cinematography by award-winning Alex Catalan . Aerial photographs at the beginning of the film and others that you can see over it like a guided tour were digitalized from photographs . Being wonderfully shot on location in Coria del Río, Las Cabezas De San Juan , Seville , Andalucía . Some frames of the film are based on photographs of Atín Aya and Héctor Garrido , whose works impressed the filmmakers when they knew his work in a retrospective exhibition . This multi-prized film won several awards such as : Goyas , Feroz Awards, Cinema Writers Circle Awards , Fotogramas de Plata , Gaudí Awards ,José María Forqué Awards , San Sebastián International Film Festival and Spanish Actors Unión . The latest from the director of ¨7 Virgins¨ , ¨El Traje¨ , ¨Factor Pilgrim¨ , ¨Grupo 7¨ or ¨Unit 7¨ was masterfully directed by Alberto Rodríguez . To an outsider, someone who's not a fan of a particular genre , anything that looks somewhat familiar can be grounds for dialing the cliché police , but I think results to be an entertaining film with several scenes that'll have you on the edge of your seat . Rating : Above average , well worth watching , a real masterpiece .


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