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Review of ‘They arrived at night’

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Juana Acosta, Karra Elejalde and Carmelo Gómez star in the new film by Imanol Uribe.

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Xavier Beauvois leaned in ‘Of Gods and Men’ (2010) for the drama to narrate the massacre of a community of Cistercian monks during the Algerian Civil War. It focused on the priests, their daily lives, their doubts, fears, and resistance to abandoning their parishioners. Imanol Uribe, without neglecting to deal with these aspects, has opted in ‘They arrived at night’ for the political thriller along the lines of ‘Missing’ (Costa-Gavras, 1982) recalling the murder of six Jesuits in El Salvador during the civil war in that Central American country.

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In this way, the film is brought closer to a wider audience, helping those atrocious events not to be forgotten. , although a little in excess, what happened after the massacre. The uncertainty increases according to the witnesses of the massacre, simple people, they seem to be more in danger the safer they feel. To highlight the work of Juana Acosta in the skin of that simple Salvadoran woman overwhelmed by the facts.

For those who believe that the real reward is in doing the right thing.

The best: the innocence of the protagonist in the face of the horror of her surroundings.

The worst: the negative characters could have been somewhat humanized.


Direction: Imanol Uribe Cast: Juana Acosta, Karra Elejalde, Carmelo Gómez Original title: they arrived at night Country: Spain Year: 2022 Release date: 03-25-2022 Gender: thriller Script: Daniel Cebrian Duration: 107 minutes

Synopsis: It tells the true story of Lucía, the only witness in the massacre of the Jesuits in El Salvador. On the morning of November 16, 1989, in the midst of the Salvadoran civil war, six Jesuit priests, university professors, and two employees were assassinated at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University (UCA) in San Salvador. The government immediately blames the FMLN guerrillas, but an eyewitness debunks the official version: her name is Lucía Barrera and she works as a cleaning employee at the UCA.

Source: Fotogramas

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