La Isla Mínima

Dir.: Alberto Rodríguez | Spain 2014 | 104 min

Underpinning the tensions between the outsiders and the pueblo are the tensions inside the pueblo itself, with the mayor aggressively seeking to keep the peace in a town where the workers are already on strike, complaining about low wages following a failure of the rice harvest. And crucially, there is tension between the cops themselves. The violent, insecure Juan interrogates by hitting first and asking questions afterwards: he represents the old way of doing things. The more hesitant and circumspect Pedro is the future, believing for example that justice is more important than blood ties, but disgusted at having to take orders from the older man, whose past he seeks to uncover in a separate side-mission.
There is nothing remotely special about these cops: when we first meet them, their car has broken down. They proceed in a plodding, methodical way without any sudden, mysterious flashes of insight to strain credibility. Much of the quality of Marshland is rooted in such realism, deriving not only from research but from insider knowledge, from the ferries which transport both legal and illegal cargo to the remoter outposts of the river system, to its sometimes absurdist dialogue, down to the local cuisine (river crabs), or  and this is really one for true connoisseurs  the crucial distinction between a Citroen Dyane 6 and a 2CV.

Original Title
La Isla Mínima
Country
Spain
Release Year
2014
Duration
104 min.
Directors
Alberto Rodríguez
Producer
Jose Antonio Felez, Mikel Lejarza, Mercedes Gamero, José Sánchez Montes, Mercedes Cantero
Script
Cast
Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo Raúl Arévalo, María Varod, Perico Cervantes, Jesús Ortiz, Jesús Carroza
Camera
Alex Catalán
Sound
Daniel de Zayas
Editor
Jose Manuel Garcia Moyano
Music
Julio de la Rosa
Production Company
Atipica Films, Atresmedia, Sacromonte Films
Version
Dialogue: Spanish Danish Subtitles
Tempo
6
Thrills
6
Sighs
4
Laughs
0
Look
6
Food for thought
7