Contrapaso. Die Kinder der Anderen
Contrapaso. Die Kinder der AnderenbyTeresa Valero
Translation: Harald Sachse
Madrid 1956, Franco has been in power for 20 years. Emilio Sanz has been working for the daily newspaper "La Capital" for almost as long. But he has long since lost his illusions in the face of censorship. He takes refuge in researching a series of murders committed against young women. Apart from him, however, no one wants to believe in a serial killer ... In her German-language debut "Contrapaso", Teresa Valero stages a cleverly constructed, atmospherically dense thriller against the backdrop of the Franco dictatorship. Her detailed images are as gloomy as the era she recounts. When another body is found, however, it does not fit into Sanz's pattern of perpetration and points in a completely different direction: behind the walls of a mental hospital and on the trail of a doctor with macabre theories. We can only hope for a sequel to this gripping and graphically convincing tale in the near future!