Fifth about The Seventh

Black Snow (Nieve Negra)

Black Snow: Martin Hodara’s film is a small, modest drama, that is suspenseful, dark, almost depressing; it’s a good story, even if it is a bit thin and plays out somewhat predictably. Acting is solid: both Ricardo Darín and Leonardo Sbaraglia are very good (Darín has only one note to play, but plays it rather nicely), but the real star here (no matter the billing) is Laia Costa, who is great in her role. The film is dark not only thematically, but also visually; cinematographer Arnau Valls Colomer’s images may be dark, but they are far from dull and unclear, quite the opposite in fact. The choice of the main location is magnificent. Alejandro Carrillo Penovi’s editing moves the story at a good pace, all the while foreshadowing there’s more to be learned.

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