Reflections

As good-looking but fatally flawed as its hero, "Reflections" succeeds in imitating the visuals of David Fincher but, despite a strong cast, fails to generate either suspense or characterization, as youthful writer-helmer Miguel Angel Vivas puts style way ahead of substance. The script, which surprisingly won a development award, is absurd.

With:
With: Georges Corraface, Ana Fernandez, Emilio Gutierrez-Caba, Alberto Jimenez, Magui Mira, Carlos Kaniowsky, Ana Otero.

As good-looking but fatally flawed as its hero, “Reflections” succeeds in imitating the visuals of David Fincher but, despite a strong cast, fails to generate either suspense or characterization, as youthful writer-helmer Miguel Angel Vivas puts style way ahead of substance. The script, which surprisingly won a development award, is absurd; but the in-your-face lensing, sledgehammer sound and crude plot twists produce a certain schlocky appeal. Home B.O. has been discreet.

Troubled cop Jaime (Georges Corraface) is investigating the murder of the baby of his colleague, Tony (Carlos Kaniowsky). Jaime’s suspicions immediately fall on Lazaro (dependable Emilio Gutierrez-Caba), once accused of murder but released because of lack of evidence, and also once the lover of Jaime’s wife, Julia (Ana Fernandez). Jaime’s colleagues, including Ivan (Alberto Jimenez) and forensic scientist Virginia (Magui Mira), assume it’s revenge that’s fueling his accusations of Lazaro. Meanwhile, Julia and her daughter become the killer’s targets. Perfs are OK, but script doesn’t give thesps much chance, with most of the cast — Fernandez and Jimenez in particular — outplaying the monotone, heavily accented Corraface. Atmospherics are very deja vu.

Reflections

Spain

Production: A Columbia TriStar Films (Spain) release of a Via Interactiva, Ensueno Films, Calle Cruzada production, in association with Antena 3, Via Digital. (International sales: Via Interactiva, Madrid.) Executive producer, Jose Luis Escolar. Directed, written by Miguel Angel Vivas.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Juan Miguel Aspiroz; editor, Pablo Zumarraga; music, Luis Miguel Cobo; art director, Barbara Perez-Solero. Reviewed at Yelmo Cineplex Ideal, Madrid, Jan. 31, 2002. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: With: Georges Corraface, Ana Fernandez, Emilio Gutierrez-Caba, Alberto Jimenez, Magui Mira, Carlos Kaniowsky, Ana Otero.

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