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The towering figures of two of the three accused in the trial for the murder of the president of the Provincial council of Leon, Isabel Carrasco, Montserrat González, and his daughter, Triana Martinez, make you think of a type of crime very different from that which appears to be perpetrated. Completely black, of gesture, absolutely indecipherable, especially the mother seems to be responsible for a crime of passion where the executor has not repented absolutely nothing.
And part of those first impressions are valid. Montserrat González affirms in judgment, cold and impenetrable as a sphinx, that there is not one micron of regret in your conscience. Killed Isabel Carrasco because he was making life miserable for his daughter, and those circumstances are that you are humming the first half of this documentary that aims to give shelve a peculiar (and españolísima) plot criminal.
The original series ‘Death in Lion’, four chapters, and issued a couple of years ago by Movistar+, it is in ‘Case closed’ condensed into a feature film, 79 minutes premieres now on HBO, and that added a substantial postscript, which exposed the mini-series. Among the shortcomings of this new version is the reduction of the footage, which causes them to spend too much to top speed by the actions of some of those involved, on the part of the research and by the portrayal of Isabel Carrasco, who gives to mini-series of its own.
The change, however, provides a twist that forced to rethink the entire series.
In the last section, ‘Case closed’ gets to talk to Luis Estebanez, advisor to the successor of Isabel Carrasco in the Provincial council. With its significantly confusing statements becomes what passed for an act of revenge-tinged turbid between mother and daughter in a crime allegedly (because sadly remember the title of the film, the case is closed) political.
‘Death in Lion: Case closed’… but not resolved
No doubt to ‘Death in Lion: Case closed’ may be attributed to certain limitations in regard to its staging. His narrative mimics but does not reach to the modern classics of the true crime (simply, not the case given for more), and turns the documentary into a production visually unobtrusive, but not devoid of findings. The main one is the transformation that is going to suffer the case as you go through the parco footage of the film, and that it is pointing since their early stages.
In that sense, the director Justin Webster work with intelligence to start your story by showing the killer at the trial and to describe the crime in all its rawness and coldness (an attitude that is never explained by the movie or even understood by the viewer, which certainly gives a certain aura of enigmatic to the story). Then use the profile of Aleppo and its relationship with its implementing agencies to introduce the element of political intrigue as a poison that complicates it all, and that without doubt will facilitate the address of the final stretch, where Webster says nothing but explains everything.
thus, for example, the last words of the third accused, Raquel Gago, have a resonance that goes beyond the end credits. Again Webster shows a lot of eye by placing them very close to your final statement at the trial, where the uncertainty, the heartbreak and the tears. Later, when Webster has made it clear that we are possibly facing a political murder, we met again with Gago, who goes calmly to the prison to serve 14 years, which ensures that you do not deserve it, dropping a few phrases to the middle end that point to forces that have not been named in the judgment. Between one and the other interventions of Gago, very different from each other, Webster shows senior members of the judiciary who, again, don’t need to ridicule to which they themselves call into question a process full of loopholes.
‘Death in Lion: Case closed’ triumphs with this kind of subtleties that add layers of reading your speech. Although is perceived frustration of Webster for not having achieved the epic win of rigor for all documentary true crime self-respecting – the reopening of a case, that failure does not only add meaning and relevance to a documentary whose defeat and shortcomings are, precisely, the most difficult and combative of their message.
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The news ‘Death in Lion: Case closed’: an interesting epilogue of politically charged for an uncomfortable mini-series documentary was originally published in Espinof by John Tones .
March 26, 2019
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