Review: 32 Malasaña Street (2020)

Review: 32 Malasaña Street (2020)

Right from the beginning, 32 Malasaña Street opens the floodgates for audience members to criticize character decisions as a small boy in an apartment complex loses a marble that goes to the door of Apartment 3B. This apartment, we learn, is haunted; as the marble magically goes into the creepy apartment and he follows it as it rolls beside a woman in a rocking chair. This all begs the question: Kid, why not just get a new marble? It’s a creepy tone-setter, regardless, as the film then skips to 1976 as we meet the Olmedo family. They are the unlucky bunch moving into Apartment 3B as they have left their small village to make a better life for themselves in Madrid. Each character feels distinct in their own right, though we learn quickly that each character goes into specific roles – like the eldest daughter Amparo (Begoña Vargas) being the main character, or the youngest son Rafael (Iván Renedo) very much being the most vulnerable character here. As well, they bring their grandfather, Fermín (José Luis de Madariaga), who has trouble breathing, and you better believe he’s utilized for some creepy moments.