Gorgeous, vertiginous overhead shots and wide landscapes are the visual hallmark of this Spanish detective story.
With Spain still not sure of itself in a post-Franco democracy, two detectives not sure of each other’s backgrounds, and everyone seeming to have a hidden agenda, the many layers mostly fall in to place by the end, although not everything is perfectly tied up.
There’s a suspense to this film that could have easily been missing, accustomed as we are now to Nordic noir-style crime series (with which this shares a certain amount). The 1980s setting with its background of civil unrest is one of the reasons, along with the lack of mobile phones or internet – information takes a long while to come through which obviously slows things down considerably.
A good crime story in a setting new to me.