Leonor Watling in “Lo Mejor de Eva” [2011 Spain]

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I’m not very familiar with the work of Mariano Barroso, having seen only one of his films before this, and his latest thriller “Lo Mejor de Eva” [Eng. title: Dark Impulse], although stylish, is not quite in the same league as the earlier film (Éxtasis).

Eva is a dedicated and forthright prosecutor at a Madrid court, and her latest case relates to the murder of a stripper. While the suspect is in custody she is desperate for some hard evidence and witnesses, and the suspect – a powerful man, is intent on digging up some dirt from Eva’s past to force her to compromise her integrity. Enter Rocco, a gigolo and friend of the murdered girl, who offers to help in Eva’s prosecution. By a turn of events, Rocco gets much closer to Eva than anyone else could imagine, and it now appears he holds the key to unravelling Eva’s past…

While there are some strong performances from the lead actors – Leonor Watling as Eva, Miguel Ángel Silvestre as Rocco, and the talented Adriana Ugarte as Eva’s sister Marta, my biggest problem with this film is that it lacks credibility, with the screenplay being the main culprit. The cinematography is decent, but nothing special. On the whole, this is an average film that’ll struggle to stay in memory after the credits roll.



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