Noise (2023) Review – a harrowing yet sobering experience from start to finish

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During its one-hour and 45-minute runtime, the film paints a hauntingly realistic picture of what too many families around the world endure when someone they love disappears. It’s uncomfortable to look at, and that’s what makes it so important to look at.

We review Noise (2023) Netflix movie no spoilers.

Directed by Natalia Beristain, Noise (Original title: Ruido) is a harrowing crime drama about a mother’s desperate attempts to find her 20-year-old daughter who has been missing for 9 months. With an ensemble cast Julia Egurrola, Teresa Ruizand Erick Israel Consuelohas this captivating piece since its premiere in San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain and recently had its world premiere Netflix.

Noise (2023) review and plot synopsis

Noise begins with a haunting close-up of the protagonist Julia (masterfully played by Egurrola) before her story is introduced. Julia is a respected artist whose daughter, Gertrudis, or Ger for short, has been missing for nine months and the incompetent authorities are making little progress in her case. The police, her ex-husband and even her son are urging the woman to let go and move on with her life. As a mother, she can’t. At a support group for families of missing persons, Julia meets journalist Abril (Ruiz) and the two begin a secret and dangerous investigation to find out what really happened to Ger.

This film offers a harrowing yet sobering experience from start to finish. The more we follow Julia on her journey, the more annoying her situation feels. She makes noise while authorities would prefer that she and other bereaved mothers like her remain quiet. As the distraught woman tries to find answers, the film unveils a level of corruption we’d all wish didn’t exist. Police use security footage of Ger using drugs one night as an excuse to blame the victim for her disappearance. The few people willing to help families in Juliet’s situation put their own lives on the line, a lawyer investigating missing persons works in a run-down building and is protected by armed security guards. There’s even a terrifying scene where our protagonist has to bribe a police officer to check a truck full of dead bodies before the authorities sweep the whole incident under the rug.

As the film progresses, the protagonist delves deeper into a world where corruption and greed reign supreme, while human lives are worth what someone is willing to pay for them. Julia herself finds only the little information she can find because she has the means to bribe the right people. And even then, she’s still risking her safety. The authorities aren’t really trying to find Ger. The cartels run the show. And if you ask too many uncomfortable questions, you will become a missing person yourself.

What makes Noise unique is the way it gives screen time to so many stories similar to Juliet’s. The director tells her story and forcefully reminds the viewer that she is one of many. Through the protagonist’s perspective, we encounter others like her who are desperate for answers. And despite the bleak outlook, we also see women coming together and helping one another in times of need. While the whole world seems to be fighting against them, these women keep fighting for their mothers, daughters and sisters. This film has a heavily female-centric message, and despite its grittiness, just enough light is allowed to shine through.

Is the movie from 2023 Noise on Netflix good?

During Noise takes place in Mexico, the relevance of the film extends far beyond that. During its one-hour and 45-minute runtime, the film paints a hauntingly realistic picture of what too many families around the world endure when someone they love disappears. It’s uncomfortable to look at, and that’s what makes it so important to look at.

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