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Series review: Galgos

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- Filmmakers Félix Viscarret and Nely Reguera elevate the level of artistry of a series that advises against mixing family feelings too much with business ambitions

Series review: Galgos
Oscar Martínez and Adriana Ozores in Galgos

The platform Movistar Plus+ gets it right once again with its new series Galgos after having released in 2023 gems such as La Mesías [+see also:
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, The Other Side [+see also:
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and Poquita fe. The first episode was presented at the new South International Series Festival, held last October in the city of Cádiz (read more). Even then, those 45 minutes left the press and the public eager to know and find out more about the convoluted storylines that were set out at the beginning of this six-episode series. The first two episodes will premiere this Thursday 18 January, and a new episode will be available every week. The series is directed by Félix Viscarret (responsible for films such as Not Such an Easy Life [+see also:
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and the harrowing series Patria [+see also:
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), who has directed the first two episodes and the final two, and Nely Reguera (director of films such as María (and Everybody Else) [+see also:
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and The Volunteer [+see also:
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) who has directed the middle episodes.

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With a dynamic, entertaining and tense script by Fran Kosterliz, Clara Roquet, Pablo Remón and Lucía Carballal, Galgos narrates the odyssey of a wealthy family. The Carmina siblings (played by the great Adriana Ozores) and Emilio Somarriba (Luis Bermejo) are the heirs of the Galgo Group, a company specialising in baked goods and children’s food. The crisis in the sector, the imminent arrival of the sugar tax and Emilio's lack of leadership mean that the brand is not at its best. Gonzalo Díaz (Argentinian actor Oscar Martínez), Carmina’s husband, has his own plans for the business, but an unexpected decision by her causes a tsunami that will affect their children Blanca (Patricia López Arnaiz), Guzmán (Marcel Borràs, recently seen in This Is Not Sweden [+see also:
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), Jimena (María Pedraza, who is also in El correo, released in Spain this Friday) and Julián (Jorge Usón).

The series - shot in Madrid, Cantabria and Brussels - opens and closes with social events featuring songs by the Italian Franco Battiato and the British duo Pet Shop Boys. The central characters are introduced from the very first scene, with such a clear portrayal of them that jealousy, favouritism, rivalries, obsessions and concealment can be seen in their looks, attitudes and body language. A masterful sequence that utilises an enclosed space and performers who know how to savour the pleasure of embodying characters with multiple nuances and dealings.

Because everything works in harmony - the staging, locations, production, dialogue and performances - this series is sure to win awards this 2024 season that is just getting underway. It is a dissection of the mechanisms, principles (or lack thereof) and interests that drive a family more concerned with its money than its own members. Due to its multiple intrigues, it could come across as a modern, Spanish and sophisticated version of the distant and cult kitsch TV series Dynasty or Falcon Crest, or even of the Mexican soap opera Los ricos también lloran. However, the skill of the whole Galgos team brings this series up a notch and proves the words of one of its supporting characters, "it’s not good to mix business with family".

Galgos is an original Movistar Plus+ series produced by Buendía Estudios. Movistar Plus+ International manages its sales.

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(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)

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