ⓘ The Hidden Face (film)

                                     

ⓘ The Hidden Face (film)

The Hidden Face is a 2011 Colombian thriller film directed by Andres Baiz. It stars Quim Gutierrez, Clara Lago and Martina Garcia. The film was remade in Bollywood titled Murder 3 and in Mexico titled Perdida.

                                     

1. Plot

Adrian Quim Gutierrez, a young orchestra conductor is viewing a recorded video of his girlfriend Belen Clara Lago informing him of leaving him. Adrian becomes distraught. While drinking away his sorrows at a bar, he meets Fabiana Martina Garcia and they develop a relationship. Fabiana moves into the house that Adrian was sharing with Belen. Strange things begin to occur in the bathroom, with Fabiana observing strange noises coming from the sink and bathtub, and being scalded by an abruptly hot shower.

Adrian becomes a suspect in the disappearance of Belen, however, the investigators can find no evidence of Adrians involvement in Belens disappearance. One of the police investigators, apparently a former boyfriend of Fabiana, warns Adrian that if anything happens to Fabiana he will kill Adrian.

It is revealed that the house is owned by a German lady, Emma, who shows Belen a secret room built to hide her husband just in case someone came to look for him because he was a former Nazi SS officer. The room is self-contained and sealed off from sound. On Emmas suggestion, Belen, jealous of Adrians flirtatious relationship with one of his violinists, Veronica, decided to pretend she is leaving him. She records the video saying she is leaving as she hides in the secret room. The room has some one way mirrors where she can observe Adrians reaction. When she decides he has had enough she looks for the key and realizes she lost the key and is now trapped in the room with no way to contact Adrian.

Fabiana finds the key to the secret room, but she doesnt know what it is used for. Fabiana eventually figures out that Belen is trapped in the house because Belen is able to communicate through tapping on the pipes in the secret room, creating ripples in the full bathroom sink. As Fabiana is ready to open the door, she pauses and decides not to rescue Belen because she might lose Adrian.

Fabiana struggles with her decision, but decides to open the door and check on Belen because she cant get a response from her. Also, one of the investigators gave Fabiana pictures of Adrian and Veronica and she herself feels the pangs of jealously. As Fabiana is checking on Belen laying in a bed in the secret room, Belen surprises Fabiana and knocks her out and leaves Fabiana locked in the room. Belen decides to leave the house. She leaves the key to the secret room on a bed for Adrian to find and leaves a picture of the two of them taped to the mirror that acts as the door to the secret room. The final scene shows Belen sitting on the beach alone and Fabiana trapped inside hoping to be rescued.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Quim Gutierrez - Adrian
  • Juan Alfonso Baptista - Police agent
  • Alexandra Stewart - Emma
  • Martina Garcia - Fabiana
  • Marcela Mar - Veronica
  • Clara Lago - Belen
                                     

3. Reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 80% based on 5 reviews. Jonathan Holland from Variety wrote: "Andi Baizs ambitious follow-up to the well-received Satanas does decent crowd-pleasing work, supplying the requisite jolts and nervous giggles en route to a payoff thats much stronger than its wobbly setup. But the pic ultimately fails to marshal its effects into anything more than throwaway entertainment." Chris Hewitt from St. Paul Pioneer Press gave a positive review, he wrote: "Im not sure La Cara Oculta can stand up to much scrutiny - theres at least one gaping plot hole - but its plenty of fun while its 93 minutes are zipping by." Jordi Batlle Caminal from Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia described the film as "according to its own director a tribute to Hitchcocks Rebecca, Suspicion and Notorious. The Hidden Face reveals itself as a suspense film well filmed and effective, willing to style and smoothly: tension is uniform and never decays."