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The Invisible Guardian (2017)

El guardián invisible (original title)
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A female inspector confronts a serial killer while dealing with the ghosts of her past.


Luiso Berdejo (screenplay by), Dolores Redondo (based on the novel by)
4,182 ( 217)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marta Etura ... Amaia Salazar
Elvira Mínguez ... Flora Salazar
Nene ... Jonan Etxaide (as Carlos Librado 'Nene')
Francesc Orella ... Fermín Montes
Itziar Aizpuru ... Tía Engrasi
Benn Northover ... James Westford
Miren Gaztañaga ... Rosario joven
Idurre Puertas Idurre Puertas ... Amaia niña
Patricia López Arnaiz ... Rosaura Salazar (as Patricia López)
Miquel Fernández ... Padre de Amaia
Mikel Losada ... Freddy
Quique Gago Quique Gago ... Víctor
Pedro Casablanc ... Comisario General de Pamplona
Paco Tous ... Dr. San Martín
Ramón Barea ... Alfonso Álvarez de Toledo


Amaia Salazar, a police inspector in Pamplona (capital city of Navarra; north to Spain), is sent by her superior to investigate a murder due to her personal relation with the place of the corpse. The case concerns a teenage girl whose naked body is found at the side of the Baztán river close to little town of Elizondo, Amaia's birthplace, a rainy village surrounded by forests and mounts located in the middle of Baztán's valley, full of local myths and ancient superstitions. Her marriage to James Westford, an American sculptor and artist gallery, is falling apart due to her desire for a child, and despite she never wanted back to her family home, Amaia Salazar is forced to face the past and reconnect with her lovely and tarot's card caster Aunt Engrasi, and too with her older sisters Flora and Rosaura. Helped by Engrasi and her tarot's readings as well as Amaia's former mentor and FBI's agent Aloisius Dupree by video-conference looking for new clues and other point of view to find the ... Written by Chockys

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Discover the mystery hiding in the valley.


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A chanchigorri cake is a Spanish pastry, very common in the cuisine of Navarre. These round-shaped desserts are traditionally made at the time of pig slaughter. Their main ingredients are fried pork, lard, bread dough, and sugar. [ Spanish: torta de chanchigorri. Basque: txantxigorri opila. Also spelled txantxigorri or chalchigorri. ] See more »


(at around 1h 1 min) During the Mass scene when Our Father (or Lord's Prayer) is prayed in Basque, the priest says "egin bedi zure gogoa lurrean bezala zeruan ere" which means "Thy will be done on heaven as it is in earth". He should have said "egin bedi zure gogoa zeruan bezala lurrean ere". The words "heaven" (zeru) and "earth" (lurra) are used in the wrong order. See more »


[first lines]
Amaia Salazar: [answers the phone] Commissioner... At what time?... I'm on my way...
[hangs up]
James: What's wrong?
Amaia Salazar: They found a girl strangled. I have to leave.
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25 January 2019 | by FoutainoflifeSee all my reviews

This film is about a female investigator assigned to work a serial killer case involving the deaths of adolescent girls from her hometown. Her family owns and runs a bakery but she chose to go to the US to train with the FBI rather than work there. Within her family there are hard feelings about her career decision but she stays the course, working the case to the best of her ability. There's village folklore about a "basajaun" (a beast similar to our bigfoot) that comes into play and leads to the killer's title being "The Basajaun Killer." Can she overcome the issues that haunt her family life and herself doubt and bring a monster to justice?

I liked this. I thought it was filmed well with great settings and a dark atmosphere. I didn't have any complaints about the acting and felt that, for the most part, the actors did a great job bringing out each character's personality and perspective. I liked having a bit of mythology thrown into the mix to keep things interesting.

My only complaints would be that the pace seemed to drag at times and there were bits of the story that could've used a little more attention. I did enjoy it though and wouldn't mind suggesting it to a friend.

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Spanish | English | Basque

Release Date:

3 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Elizondo, Navarre, Spain


Box Office


EUR5,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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