7th August - 13th August 2015
Set in 1980 in the wetlands, hence the title, of the Guadalquiver river
in Andalusia, the most memorable aspect of this impressive thriller about
a serial killer is the spectacular high-angle aerial shots, filmed with
the use of a drone, of the area, by cinematographer Hector Garrido, capturing
awesome and highly abstract views of forests, livestock and birds.
Franco, the dictator of Spain from 1939, and who had died five years
previously, is still very present in people's minds, particularly Juan
(Javier Gutierrez), one of two city-based detectives, with his partner
Pedro (Raul Arevalo) investigating the disappearance of two teenaged sisters.
The economy in Andalusia is in flux post Franco. Drug dealers ply their
trade on the river while farm workers strike for better pay and conditions.
The discovery of their mutilated bodies adds to the social upheaval and
disquiet of the region, still haunted by the dark deeds of the General.
Parallels have been put forward between Marshland and True Detectives,
a TV series on Sky. However I cannot compare or contrast the two, never
having seen the latter!
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