director Oriol Paulo was co-writer of the juicy 2010 Spanish Cinema Now treat Julia's Eyes, directed by a real filmmaker, Guillem Morales. Señor Paulo, whose second film as a director is THE BODY (El Cuerpo), possesses, at this point in his career at least, no such skills. His movie is slick and efficient as an all-too typical wtf-is-happening mystery/thriller, but it is so incredibly manipulative in order to keep its slickness and efficiency going that it began to bore TrustMovies before the midway point. By the time this relatively new filmmaker, shown below, reaches the explain-it-all finale (in which you will not have heard so much expositions spring from the mouth of one character in a single, long, uninterrupted rattle since last year's Thin Ice), you may be yawning big-time.
Belén Rueda, shown above) who, as we very soon learn, was bumped off by her husband at the behest of his younger and very attractive girlfriend. (We learn this almost immediately so this info is no spoiler.)
José Coronado (as the chief investi-gator, shown at bottom of post), Hugo Silva (as the husband, above) and Aura Garrido (as the girlfriend, below) -- are everything you'd want, although what you really want is that they might have a better story into which they could sink their ample acting chops.
Diabolique for the 21st Century, in which neither story nor characters prove interesting and deep enough to matter. The film is finally a kind of exercise, allowing the filmmaker to stretch and bend genre conventions to see what he can come up with. That's great, but next time give us something really involving.