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The Kovak Box (2006). Directed and co-written by Daniel Monzón. The film starts on a plane, with writer David Norton (Timothy Hutton) travelling to Mallorca to give a presentation about his books. Later in the day following the presentation his wife seems to vanish from their hotel room, and only when he hears a scream from outside does he realise she has jumped off the balcony. Meanwhile Silvia Mendez (Lucía Jiménez) has also travelled to Mallorca to get away from a relationship problem. While in the shower she receives a phone call, and the next thing she remembers is being in hospital after jumping off her balcony. I was lead to The Kovak Box from my previous review - someone over at IMDB had linked to a number of "weird mystery" films, of which this was one I'd never heard of. If there's one genre of films I tend to enjoy it's "weird mystery" (The Ninth Gate, Donnie Darko etc.) although there aren't many about, and it takes some damn good writing to make them interesting. The Kovak Box is marginal in this respect. The story almost disappears up its own wazoo at points, but just about keeps going. Although Hutton looks right for the part, he wasn't acting and/or directed well. Jiménez was a lot better, and keeps things together, just. So unfortunately not another classic, but worth watching if you have nothing better to do. 3/5 (Average)

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