Perdida is an Argentine and Spanish thriller released in 2018, directed by Alejandro Montiel. Fourteen years after the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, a detective tries to solve the case.
Hello, there! I’m dos Santos, and this is Ulven Reviews, with Movies and series from all over the world and all eras. Today we’ll talk about Perdida (not to be confused with the 2020 Spanish Series Stolen Away, which the original title is also Perdida), beginning with a plot summary, through the review, and concluding with a symbolic rating. Here we go!
During a trip to Patagonia, the teenagers Cornelia (played by Mora Magnarelli), Pipa (played by Maite Valero), and other friends go out to dance. The following morning, Cornelia is nowhere to be found.
Fourteen years go by, and after a memorial is held for Cornelia, her mother asks Pipa (played by Luisana Lopilato), who is now a detective, to find out what happened to her daughter.
Pipa agrees and starts to review and reinvestigate the whole case. However, it proves to be a more difficult and dangerous challenge than she previously imagined.
As someone who is an enthusiast of detective tales, Perdida was worth it. It’s far from excellent, but it has its merits and has an engaging enough story to make you interested for the most part.
I already watched most, if not all, mainstream detective movies and a lot of series. However, I’m always craving more, and Perdida was a good and entertaining alternative outside of the major centers. So if you’re like me in this regard, I’m already recommending it to you.
The pace is slightly inconsistent, and I saw all the major twists and turns of the movie coming way before it was revealed. However, I kept interested in knowing details, a merit of the film, that delivered the revelations little by little.
I liked how the movie ended despite being predictable. My least favorite part in most films, oddly enough, is the climax, such as the shooting or chasing scenes. Perdida is not an exception to this, but the remainder, like revelations and some confrontations, were enjoyable.
Perdida deals with some very real and grievous topics, such as human trafficking and prostitution. However, I felt these themes were portrayed too shallowly, lacking the emotion these problems demand.
On the other hand, some themes were dealt with the proper amount of emotion I was just asking. Some anguishing moments were presented, with the potential of really affecting the audience. However, I have to be vague about it to not spoil anything.
The characters are slightly disappointing, one of the weakest points of the film. Pipa is too stereotypical, impulsive, aggressive, and kinda obsessive. The aggressiveness is understandable, considering the misogyny of her peers, but the rest (including her costumes) seems it’s just to fit the stereotype.
Nadine Basset A.K.A. Sirena (played by Amaia Salamanca) is the antagonist, a mysterious woman involved with prostitution and other crimes. She is the most interesting character in the movie, but nothing outstanding.
The first time I watched it, I didn’t like the other detective, Seretti (played by Nicolás Furtado), but I don’t even remember why. The second time I appreciated him more, but still, there’s too little of him to actually like the character.
The acting is decent, but nothing remarkable. Like with the characters, my favorite performance was from the Spanish actress Amaia Salamanca, portraying the film’s antagonist.
I really appreciated the cinematography. Since the opening scene with the search group looking for Cornoleia in the snow, we can see that the movie would be amazing visually, and this appealing appearance is consistent throughout the whole of it.
The score is low, dense, and has some subtle moments, it’s a perfect fit for the suspenseful scenes. It also has some brilliance where it has more personality and even reminded me a little of the Swiss Black Metal band Darkspace. But I might be wrong, I haven’t listened to it for some years now.
Perdida has a decent enough story to keep you entertained. I believe it has more flaws than qualities, but none of these weaknesses break the film. I’ll give Perdida 5 Moons.
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