The Lady of Silence: The Mataviejitas Murders 2023 Movie Review
It’s definitely a string of serious and captivating cases. But there are elements in this documentary that just take away from its seriousness. First of all, some of the officers, seriously, “no serial killer in this country before this (since 1940’s)?” Give me an effing break, most countries do, let alone Mexico, the problem is just the failures of many police officers in connecting the dots. It’s not the fault of the producers that such inane comments were made, but no pushbacks?
Then the soundtrack, what’s up with that? Strange application of a theme. I get it, it could instil a sense of irony and suspense, but there’s a balance to strike here. The soundtrack at hand is just stupidly, comically farcical, as if being intentionally disrespectful to the victims. It’s real life, not Dick Tracy. It can be funny when mocking politicians and police officers, not when victims are being shown. Also, it’s perfectly ok to not have extraneous music for a few moments, the incessantly running music shows a lack of discipline and vision.
Then the pictures of victims being strangled being shown like some kind of visual technique. And a myriad of other visual techniques, they’re not just distracting, but take away from the gravitas of the situation.
“Oh she has a robe… must be a healthcare personnel” (is dressing up impossible in the country?). Also this happened between 1999 and 2004, there’s no more concrete method to verify DNA or whatnots before each suspect is being showcased in a glass cage like some kind of zoo animal? And the cute lock solution? As if that’s going to stop a determined killer? “A man crossdresses as a woman,” only for one of the officers to go “oh a homosexual” face melts away emoji. “Serial killers don’t act near where they live or near their workplaces,” says one officer (the same officer who claims it’s the first time this is happening in the country, yet he has no qualms dispensing generalizations like a master). Seriously? Says who, which study? Because I can easily name some cases that contradict his assertion. What should a professional conduct be like, you ask? I know, getting the serial killer’s signature as a sign of fan-girling.