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Lost (Perdida)

This film takes place in Argentina (mostly Buenos Aires, and a little in Patagonia), and is good for anyone who wants to become accustomed to the Argentine slang and accent.  As a fan of Argentina, I was excited to see this movie, as there aren’t too many films from there available on Netflix.  And yet while the film did captivate me, it was a very fast-paced, murder mystery that requires full attention, and leaves you feeling confused.  There were so many twists and turns and I felt that at the end, not every loose end was tied nor explained.   


The film explores a murder mystery from 14 years ago that was left unresolved.  Our protagonist, Pipa, is a fiery cop who seems to break the rules to get the job done.  Something else we learn right away is that she lost her best friend when she was a teenager for an unknown cause.  A memorial service and a visit from the girl’s mother preempted Pipa to open the case and personally investigate it herself.  This, of course, leads to a series of events that change the course of everyone’s life forever. 


Although I did not recognize many of the actors, there was one who is very well-known and has appeared in many series and movies, some of which I’ve reviewed here: Amaia Salamanca (from Velvet, Gran Hotel and Despite Everything).  She was the only Spaniard in the entire film yet had a significant role.  The rest of the cast were Argentine actors, and hence there was a lot of slang and the beautiful “sh” accent that you hear with the letters “ll” and “y”, along with the voseo.  I recommend it for anyone who is interested in murder mystery films, especially if there’s an interest for enhancing their Spanish.  It’s on Netflix and available with both Spanish and English subtitles.  But beware!  It moves fast so make sure you are fully present when watching it.    


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