Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Leonor Watling in "Lo Mejor de Eva" [2011 Spain]

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.

Compilation: Leonor Watling, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and Nathalie Poza

Leonor Watling, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and Nathalie Poza in Lo mejor de Eva

Scene Guide:
  • Rocco makes his move, and Eva finds it hard to resist. Eva is played by the magnificent Leonor Watling, and Rocco by an athletic Miguel Ángel Silvestre, who kinda reminds you of the Italian actor Raoul Bova.
  • This time they spend the night together...
  • Rocco gets down and dirty with Eva - her posterior by the way is body-doubled by a largely unsung and anonymous Tharna Tirado Güido.
  • Berta, one of the key witnesses for the case is found murdered in the bath - Berta is played by Nathalie Poza (Malas Temporadas).

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