09/15/2022 at 08:34


    Amazon Prime Video mixes ‘thriller’, action and humor in its new Spanish series, which arrives on the platform this Friday

    Galicia is becoming a perfect crime scene, televised speaking. After titles like ‘Rapa’, ‘The mess you leave behind’ or ‘The taste of margaritas’, Amazon Prime Video exploits the wealth of Galician stages in ‘A private matter’his new Spanish series, which arrives this friday september 16 with an empowered woman as the protagonist. It is Marina Quiroga (Aura Garrido), a young woman from a family who is determined to catch a murderer in the Spain mid-1940s. His butler (Jean Reno) will be his greatest ally, and also his Jiminy Cricket, in this story that mixes ‘thriller’, action, adventure and comedy in equal parts, without forgetting the feminist vindication.

    Because the protagonist is a daring young upper class descendant of a long saga of policemen whose dream would be to enter the force, something completely vetoed at that time for females. “She has a very free character and a vocation beyond what her environment and society tell her to do”, defines Garrido herself. “She is a type of woman not very common for that time, but that does not mean that they did not exist. There are many examples throughout history of women who have defied social norms“, emphasizes the actress.

    His struggle to go his own way confronting gender bias It is something that its creator, Teresa Fernández-Valdés, points out that it has a lot of “current”, despite the fact that the story is set many decades ago. “It is not a period series for my mother or my grandmother, but the girls are going to know what we are talking about because there are many elements and difficulties [para la mujer] who are still present”, adds the also co-founder, along with her husband, of the prolific production company Bambú (‘Las Chicas del Cable’, ‘Velvet’, Fariña’…), which here managed to sign an international star like Jean Reno for one of the main characters.

    “It wasn’t hard to convince him. But the first thing he said was: where is Vigo?“, recalls Fernández Valdés about the difficulty of the French actor of Spanish origins to locate on the map the city that would concentrate most of the filming.

    prostitute murders

    The wall that Marina hits when dedicating herself to a police career is not an impediment to interfering in the investigation of the case of a serial killer who has been killing women for a long time and whom the agents have not yet managed to get rid of. glove. The victims are prostitutes and their bodies have been marked by the criminal just after he died with the image of a fleur-de-lis, a symbol of purity.

    The story drinks from the stories of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie and even the murders of Jack the Ripper, seasoning them with a multitude of action sequences, chases, adventures and drops of comedy. A kind of Cluedo game that makes the viewer suspect throughout the eight chapters of all the characters.

    A game in which they also participated the actors themselves, who throughout the filming did not know who the murderer was (except the interpreter who played that role). “It’s very well thought out, because if you know from the beginning something like that will condition you,” says Ángela Molina, who plays the mother of the protagonist, a widow determined to find her a husband and keep her away from the dangers that the investigation entails. of a murder.

    No trace of Francoism

    Something in which he coincides with his other son, Marina’s biggest obstacle when it comes to carrying out her investigations outside the police. Basically, because her brother is the commissioner who is handling the case. “He is someone authoritarian at the police station and in the family, without the ability to dialogue,” explains Pablo Molinero, the actor who plays him. The cast is completed with names such as Gorka Otxoa, Álex García and Tito Valverde, also members of the police force at a time, the first years of Francoism, in which there was no female presence.

    The series, however, makes no mention of the dictatorship. “Make a series of entertainment and adventure and put Frank it was so unsexy…”, justifies the creator. “We had to generate our own universe, just as Tintin had his when he went to the Congo or Indiana Jones’s in Berlin, which I don’t think were like that,” adds David Pinillos, director of ‘ A private matter’.