Mirror Mirror Review: What Does Your Reflection Say About You?
Mirror Mirror (Espejo Espejo) is a Spanish comedy-drama film, released on Netflix on 16th September 2022. The film is directed and written by Marc Crehuet and produced by Joaquín Padró & Mar Targarona. The film has a runtime of about 1 hour and 19 minutes.
The cast of the film includes Malena Alterio as Cristina, Santi Millán as Álvaro, Natalia de Molina as Paula, Carlos Areces as Alberto, Carlos Bardem, Betsy Turnez as Antonia, Toni Acosta, María Adánez, Verónica Forqué, Loles León and Tito Valverde.
Netflix’s description of the film reads:
Employees at a cosmetics firm grapple with their respective desires by arguing with themselves in the mirror, ahead of their company’s anniversary party.
-Mirror Mirror Review Does Not Contain Any Spoilers-
In life, we constantly deal with ourselves. One part of us wants something, but the other wants the opposite. Álvaro, Cristina, Paula and Alberto are four employees in crisis who work for the same cosmetics company. They fight for what they want while facing their own reflections in the mirror. Ambition, fear, love and betrayal collide in this comedy about identity.
We are introduced to all the characters that work at Medina Cosmetics and are dealing with their own demon or should I say reflections on a daily basis. We have Cristina, a woman always in the shadows who begins to question her identity. Next to her, Paula, Cristina’s sister, is an enthusiastic young woman full of fresh and fashionable ideas but does she truly believes them?
The boss, Álvaro, is a mediocre guy who has always thought more of himself than he really is. Without forgetting Alberto, the unconventional-looking but good guy from the office who has stopped worrying about himself. And an additional character is Antonia, the receptionist, who gets ignored by everyone in the office.
Most of the action or conversation happens with the character and their reflection. Their inner conscience is reflected in it which either makes it clear to them that they are ugly and have no chance with the girl they want. Or to make them forget the gender dysphoria that they have kept hidden since they were children. Now it’s up to the character to decide what they want to do.
The film deals with numerous topics but always with identity as the base, especially in the character of Cristina. The film addresses issues such as feminism, the concept of beauty and the culture of political correctness, which many use exclusively in search of profit. As well as the dynamics and vices of a toxic work environment.
It explores the domain of, how we are told that we have to find ourselves and be our authentic selves. But what part of our personality do we actually have to find? What aspect of us is the one that is correct and has to be presented? In the end, it is our actions that end up defining us, but before making any decision, one part of us has to impose itself on the other.
There are no exact black and white, we have to tread the grey parts in our lives all the time. Nobody is completely good or bad, we have all the traits in ourselves but it is up to us, what or how do we want to present ourselves. And sometimes your worst enemy is yourself.
Summing Up: Mirror Mirror
The Spanish film Espejo, Espejo, is an interesting concept, the matters of identity, self and our mind are of great intrigue. But it doesn’t exactly translate well into the story. It is dealing with a lot of complex things in a short span of time but in the end, it concludes to nothing and leaves us feeling confused.
If its purpose was to show how you can’t judge a book by its cover then they have somewhat established that, but their no substance to the plot. There are very few scenes where you might get a chuckle otherwise there’s no connection with the characters and they often feel just delusional. Every character is going on their own tangent that doesn’t connect with each other which leads to a bizarre end.
Mirror Mirror is currently streaming on Netflix.
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