Fifth about The Seventh

Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City (El Silencio de la Ciudad Blanca)

Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City: Daniel Calparsoro’s film is a run-of-the-mill serial-killer thriller; the one thing that sets it apart is the picturesque old city where it takes place. The cliched elements are all present as if the writers were just ticking off a checklist: the protagonist detective with a complicated history (which turns out to be irrelevant to his development or to the plot), the infallible perpetrator with murky motivation, the faux-historic logic. Ultimately, not much of the plot makes sense. It is a good looking cast (Belén Rueda, Aura Garrido, Javier Rey), but they are playing uninteresting and underdeveloped characters, so they don’t leave a mark. The camera of cinematographer Josu Inchaustegui is always in movement, which gives the film a distinctive visual style, but eventually gets a tad tiresome.

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