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La isla mínima (2014)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Juan Robles
... Pedro Suárez
María Varod ... Trinidad
Perico Cervantes ... Padre Trinidad
Jesús Ortiz ... Andrés
... Miguel
Salva Reina ... Jesús
... Rodrigo
Nerea Barros ... Rocío
Ana Tomeno ... Marina
Paula Palacios ... Niña 1
Claudia Ubreva ... Niña 2
Lucía Arias ... Niña 3
Chelo Castro ... Niña 4
... 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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Crime | Thriller

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26 September 2014 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Marshland  »

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€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€948,017 (Spain), 26 September 2014, Limited Release
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Aerial photographs at the beginning of the film and others that you can see over it, were digitalized by Israel Millan from photographs of Hector Garrido. This photographer has published a book, "Armonía fractal de Doñana y las marismas" (Fractal Harmony of Doñana and marshes) which includes some of the images used in the film. The images correspond to various marshes of Andalucia, such as the ones of Coto Doñana and the Salinas de San Fernando in Cádiz. 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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Intelligent Spanish thriller
8 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

The difference between a good crime thriller and an average one, is often the setting. In the case of 'La Isla Minima', the surroundings are as important as the plot. The story takes place in a remote part of Spain, an area of treeless plains, lonely marshlands and wide rivers. The inhabitants of the isolated villages are suspicious of outsiders. In this hostile environment, two policemen try to solve the murder of two teenage sisters. Slowly but determinedly, they gather clues and try to squeeze information out of the uncooperative villagers.

Apart from the scenery, the film is also interesting because of the political situation underpinning the story. The film takes place in 1980, when Spain is in the process of becoming a democracy after being ruled for decades by the dictator Franco. One of the policemen, a former officer in Franco's special forces, still holds on to the old fashioned way of using violence to get things done. The other, a much younger man who embraces the new democracy, has a very different style.

The film is beautifully shot, with some remarkable aerial footage. It's nice to see that Spanish cinema has more to offer than Almodovar.


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