The labyrinth of affections (IV) – Celebs.Cool

Reflecting on the nature of affections is a fundamental task for each person and for every society, because the affective sphere has a powerful influence on human life. Coín Tomás y Garrido dedicates this film forum cycle to this task, divided into six chapters.

Affective life

At the beginning of this film series, our goal was to focus attention, more especially, on the feelings that are reflected on the big screen. During these months we have been existentially experiencing that yes, that affections are the great companions of man and that our happiness depends, to a great extent, on our affective capacity. Reflecting on their nature, their dynamics, is an activity that leads to knowing them and recognizing ourselves in them not only personally, but also in the family and social environment in which we move; because our installation in a concrete existence depends on that network that surrounds us.

“Daggers in the back” presents – according to the correct expression attributed to Chesterton– a “jungle of affections”, in which the best and worst of the great passions of the human being are revealed: disinterested love -the noblest of affections- becomes evident, as well as joy and hatred, gratitude, greed, nobility of spirit or the desire for revenge. Exploring the affective life is an inalienable task because feelings play a fundamental role in the dynamics of one’s life and that of the people around us.

The movie. A nice tribute to Agatha Christie

Despite being the story of a suicide? a murder? It is a film of intrigue, and intelligent, very nice and funny, wise where you look at it in which entertainment, intrigue and art go hand in hand.

Filmed with charm and a style where humor is always present -in addition to being the protagonist on many occasions-, seems to inherit the plot and style of the Agatha Christie novels, which floats all the time over the film. Full of detective surprises where luxury, money, feelings and hidden places abound, elements that are indebted to the novels of the famous writer. His novels, when adapted to the screen, are filled, as is the case with this film, with great star actors. And so it is in the mystery of the death of Harlam Thrombe: it is dotted with the good work of its protagonists. We also observe a staging with formal Alfred Hitchcock modes and some Steven Spielberg-style camera movements.

The events take place in the great country mansion of the immensely wealthy Harlam Thrombe, renowned writer, head of a great family clan, who, on the occasion of the celebration of his anniversary, summons his entire eccentric family to speak individually with each of them by “discovering” that The hyperprotection with which, believing to do the best, he has treated them all throughout his life has been a mistake. Somehow, you want to put some kind of solution.

The movie starts with the apparent suicide or probable murder of the old man after the celebration of his 85th birthday. The descendants, all very peculiar – and also the service personnel – are shocked by the news. The bizarre and ill-received family behaves from the outset with obvious greed, eager and greedy to the extreme, eager to know their part in the fabulous inheritance that lies ahead. It’s the only thing that seems to matter to them. The matter becomes more complicated as the footage progresses and lies and lies appear from each of the characters, who have something in common: they all have a reason to make the old man disappear.

A week after the unexpected death of the patriarch, the family and service personnel are called to the mansion for questioning by the police. In the dark sits a man, a detective hired anonymously to investigate the case by someone close to the family, who touches a key of the chirp every time he wants to ask a question. It is the famous researcher Benoît Blancmasterfully performed by a surprising Daniel Craig, who discovers that the family is a nest of vipers that stalk Harland’s fabulous fortune.

Director and cast

Director Rian Jonhson has shown that he handles detective fictions to perfection. He confesses that he is passionate about the classic intrigue: Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock. He gives us an entertaining and accurate story in which he adopts the rules of modern cinema, achieving a very attractive film for today’s viewer.

The careful script is a hallmark. Written by Rian Jonhson himself, it shows great mastery when it comes to handling a spectrum of varied characters – an obnoxious group, which is more repulsive – and capturing the viewer through questions and answers, sowing doubts and suspicions among the members. of the clan. It is like a plot of “spider web”, with dialogues steely as knives, in which there is the magic of mixing the comic tone with the drama. The director’s merit is that we attend a function in which we are taken from one place to another through false clues, with characters with hidden motivations that cause us to be suspicious of all those who parade on the screen. As in “Orient express”, everyone seems to be guilty.

The cast is great and attractive. The director plays with charismatic actors and the performances are perfect; they are all fantastic. Two glorious old men appear: the colossal nonagenarian Christofer Plummer in the role of patriarch of the family and supporting actor M. Emment Walsh; the great Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, always disturbing actor, Toni Colete, Khaterin Langford, Don Johnson and Jaeden martell.

Among all of them it is fair to highlight the two main axes of the plot: Daniel Craig, in the role of the surprising Detective Blanc, and Ana de Armas, surely in the best job of her life. Ana plays Marta, the elderly Plumer’s nurse and his best confidant. According to the actress: “She can be judged as a young woman with a big heart who gets caught up in this madness and tries to protect her family. She is in a vulnerable moment, but she does not let anyone trample her. Let’s say that he defends himself as best he can ”.

The role of detective Benoît Blanc reveals a comic side unknown until now in Craig. The same actor declared: “With this film I have experienced one of the funniest shootings of my career”. He appears as an exotic, polite detective who initially seems naive and clumsy, but who will prove to be as shrewd as he is conscientious. Both will end up becoming a nightmare for the deranged family.


This has been the fourth installment of the film forum cycle “The labyrinth of affections.” You can check the introduction on the main page of the event, and the previous installments here: “Wonder” and love of family, “I prefer paradise” and “Between reason and madness.”