RUN TIME-118 MINS
WRITER-GUILLEM MORALES AND ORIOL PAULO
STARRING-BELEN RUEDA, LLUIS HOMAR AND PABLO DERQUI
Synopsis taken from IMDb
After the death of the blind Sara, who hung herself in the basement of her house, her twin sister Julia suspects that she was actually murdered. Julia has a degenerative problem in her eyes and is losing her sight and she temporarily moves with her husband Isaac to Sara's house to arrange her funeral. Julia goes to Centro Baumann for blinds to where Sara frequented and she learns from the others blind users that Sara had a boyfriend. Julia is chased by a mysterious man but the police inspector Dimas does not believe her. Julia follows the last steps of Sara trying to find the identity of her secret lover. Julia is surrounded by deaths and weird events while she loses her sight.
From the opening scene of the movie I knew that this was going to be a good movie. As Sara's moving about in the basement getting ready to hang herself and she looks into the shadows with her blind white eyes she says "you're there. You're there and your watching me."and then hangs herself. The scene was shot with suspense and elegance and it gave off the feel of an Alfred Hitchcock film.
And the way Julia starts to lose her eyesight progressively as things start to unwind. Right when she needs her eyes the most they fail her. This helps add to the suspense and paranoia of the film. I found it chilling. Put yourself in that situation, you're blind and have a stalker following you. You have no idea where they are or what they might be doing. Very primitive fear inducer.
As the movie progresses it gets better and better, nail biting suspense. As the mystery unfolds you're just engulfed in it and scared as hell for Julia hoping someone will come to the rescue. If you're looking for a good quality movie then this should be on your list. It's subtitled so you have to read it, but it's worth it. And I thought the movie ended well, ended strong. It all unwinded well.
The acting was very good and convincing. Belen Rueda does another great leading role performance. Not as good as in The Orphanage, but still a great performance.
I give this movie 3 1/2 stars solid.