The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar is the latest true-crime documentary to land on Netflix. It’s directed by Alejandro Hartmann and features behind-the-scenes insights and the scandal of Cabezas at the time of his death. The documentary has a runtime of approximately 1 hour and 46 minutes.
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The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar is an Intriguing Documentary
There are multiple theories behind who killed Cabezas and why this film was placed within the docu-thriller genre. The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar gives a compelling insight into the tragic death of Argentinian journalist José Luis Cabezas, taking you on a journey through the last moments of his life and the complex web of political conspiracies behind it.
This is a gripping and, at times, disturbing documentary. However, some viewers may be left frustrated by the lack of closure. Cabezas’ work led him to Pinamar, an upscale beach resort surrounded by Argentina’s most iconic and beautiful landscapes. His death received a lot of media attention. Furthermore, his murder had enormous repercussions at the time. You may ask yourself why you haven’t heard anything about this case. You’re not in the minority — even Argentines weren’t aware of it initially.
The Photographer: Murder in Piramar is a fascinating story and vividly portrays a bloody moment in Argentina’s history. It features interviews with the police officers who initially investigated the crime and people who worked at the scene and witnessed the murder. This was a barely concealed message, telling them how Argentina’s ruling elite operated. And who they were.
Why Should You Watch The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar?
It is a gripping, tense, and at times disturbing film but one well worth watching for any film enthusiast or anyone interested in modern history. How does an excellent documentary about an obscure crime with almost no consequences for the perpetrator become one of the most talked-about true crime documentaries on Netflix?
When you think of the Argentinean mafia, theft, prostitution, and drug trafficking probably come to mind. But they had control of far more. The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar tells the already shocking story of the murder of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas. The case was highlighted in hopes that the truth would be revealed.
Because it was not only a coincidence but also an immediate concern that Cabezas was investigating organized crime, as it turned out, its impact reached far beyond the crime itself and revealed essential aspects of which Argentina went downhill. It’s a dirty story, but one that tells us how Argentina ended up as one of the most unequal societies in the world.
The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar is an Iconic Retelling of the Mystery
A rare insight into the link between politics and crime in Argentina following the murder of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas. And possibly a hint into the future of Latin America. He successfully painted a fascinating portrait of the man while also giving audiences an inside look into Argentina’s world of crime and corruption. Most importantly, however, it allows us to see just how far Argentinean citizens are willing to go for justice.
Anyone who enjoys documentaries should give this one a chance. It’s well-crafted and intriguing. However, I have to mention that this is a very complex case. For this reason, it won’t be for everyone.
The filmmaker went to great lengths to tell this story in an unbiased fashion. He gave us different perspectives and presented multiple pieces of evidence from various sources. The filmmaker was careful not to judge any side involved in the case or make assumptions about anyone who appeared in the film as an interview subject or witness. Instead, he let them speak their minds and let us decide for ourselves what we believe happened with no interference from him or anyone else involved in making this film except for perhaps the person who hired him to make it (and even then, it wasn’t clear whether they were involved at all).
Stream It or Skip It?
The film follows two parallel storylines: The first is about Cabezas’s murder and its aftermath; the second is about how others have portrayed his life as a photographer since his death. This creates an interesting juxtaposition between the two aspects of his life that we don’t usually see together in cinematic works — especially when those works are documentaries like this one and not fictionalized biopics or dramatizations of real-life events like Scorsese’s Taxi Driver or Coppola’s Godfather films (though I wonder if someday there will be something similar made about Cabezas’ life).
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