The Latest From Fox World5 Jun, 2012 By: Angelique Flores
Among the latest wave of 20th Century Fox’s World Cinema releases were Miss Bala from Mexico and La Cara Oculta/The Hidden Face from Spain.
Most of you have probably seen or at least heard of Miss Bala due to its theatrical release. Recently I spoke with actress Stephanie Sigman, who really shined in this heavy film Miss Bala. But you can read about that here.
Right now, I’d rather focus on La Cara Oculta, which never got a theatrical release stateside. This thriller has stayed under the radar, and that’s really a shame. I hope that changes with the home video releases. The film, along with Miss Bala, is available on DVD and on Amazon Instant. It’s among the best Spanish-language films I’ve seen on DVD this year.
Directed by Andrés Baiz (Satanás), this tightly written thriller stars Martina García (Rabia, Satanás), Quim Gutiérrez (Azul Oscuro Casi Negro) and Clara Lago (Carol’s Journey).
Few thrillers have any suspense, intrigue or originality these days, but La Cara Oculta certainly does. I don’t want to give away the plot because it would take away from the all the twists, but it’s a great storyline. It’s told from the point of view of two characters at first, then unexpectedly from the third, and all three come together toward the end.
My boyfriend was disatisfied with the ending only because he wanted more of a Hollywood ending, with everything tied up neatly and everyone happy. But if you’re like me and captivated by a more realistic or dark ending, then you’ll be as pleased as I was.