Under His Control (2022) – Film Review


under his control (La Jefa) is a Spanish film starring Aitana Sanchez-Gijon. It is led by Francois Torres and the script is written by Laura Sarmiento.

With an interesting premise that is well applied and unfolds in this drama at a measured narrative pace, and a gradual buildup culminating in a thriller, this movie is gripping.

Premise

Sofia is a young woman who aspires to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She faces a possible obstacle in achieving her ambitions when she becomes pregnant. His new boss makes him an offer that could help him on his way.

The Jefa (2022)

Exam

I have often fallen into the trap of thinking that this platform only offers stuff for kids, and its releases are substandard with little to add to the greater good of the film industry. And then, from time to time, I come across a film that reminds me that the 7e art is not dead after all.

Under His Control is one of those redeeming occasions, when a movie surprises us like a well-constructed piece that, at a measured pace, pulls us into a very interesting story. It’s a slow-burning thriller with a steady, contained tempo, heavily dependent on the delivery of the actors.

Filmed with style in mind, it makes efficient use of lighting as it adapts to the mood of each scene. Some scenes look better than others, for example in some interior scenes where natural light is used optimally. The same goes for photography and sets. Sequences with security cameras always work to introduce intrigue into a film, and Under Her Control uses this technique well – without overusing it.

The strong point of the film, however, lies in the performances. The characters are both well profiled and portrayed relying on a good cast, particularly noteworthy are the two protagonists, Aitana Sanhez-Gijón as the shrewd but calculated boss, and Cumelén Sanz as Sofía. They convey authenticity and know how to assume their corresponding roles with authority.

Our opinion

It’s a good movie and an addition to the catalog of the streaming platform. The premise itself makes for a good thriller although its tempo may be too slow for some viewers’ tastes.

Where to look under his control

netflix

Direction

Francois Torres

Cast

Aitana Sanchez-Gijon / Beatriz

Cumelen Sanz / Sofia

Younes Bachir / Hamid

Pedro Casablanc / Julio

Maria Fernandez Prat / Belen

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The Jefa (2022)

The Youfa

Movie title: The Youfa

Description of the movie: A woman with a promising career in fashion becomes pregnant and sees her brilliant career seriously threatened, until her boss offers to adopt her child.

Date published: August 28, 2022

Country: Spain

Duration: 109 minutes

Director(s): Francois Torres

Actors): Aitana Sanchez-Gijón, Cumelen Sanz, Pedro Casablanc, Younes Bachir, María Fernández Prat, Vanesa Rasero, Alex Pastrana

Gender: Drama, Thriller

Our opinion

Sofia is a young woman who aspires to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She faces a possible obstacle in achieving her ambitions when she becomes pregnant. His new boss makes him an offer that could help him on his way.

  • Direction – 5/10
  • Script – 6/10
  • Performances – 7/10
  • Photography – 6/10
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