Marshland - 2014 - 7/10
AKA - La Isla Mínima
A pair of detectives investigate the disappearance of two sisters.
“They were whores,” spit several residents. “They wanted to leave,” retort schoolmates. “We all do.”
The rural area, a maze of wetlands, is miles and decades away from Madrid. 1980 Madrid.
One detective, the younger, is an idealist whose opinions have landed him this backwater of post Franco Spain.
The older man, hardened by the regime, appreciates the here and now over “what might be” mañana.
Although some have likened this to True Detective, viewers with a longer reach might recall Castle Of Sand (1974) with Tetsurō Tamba.
Comparisons aside, this is an outstanding thriller with excellent use of the Spanish outback.