“Recurrence” (Pipa) is an Argentinian 2022 movie about a retired police officer who coincidentally becomes involved in a murder mystery. Pipa decided to live her life in peace with her son and Aunt Alicia, but everything changed when one night she noticed a young woman in her backyard who was found murdered the next morning. Samantha Sosa was a recovering drug addict who had worked as a waiter at a party at Carreras the night before.
While the police concluded that Sami died as a result of a fire accident, Alicia could not immediately accept it. She asked Pippa to look into the case as it was only her conclusion that she could trust. While the plot sounded interesting, “Recurrence” failed to keep me interested in the murder mystery story.
From the overcrowded subplots where one revelation was followed by another, to the background score that felt out of place at times, and the cinematography that was pretty average, especially the weirdly paced first drone shot that “Recurrence” used to set up the story, completely it threw me off. The location of the film worked, perhaps the only interesting aspect of the film “Recurrence”.
Samantha Sosa was captivated by the extravagant lifestyle of the Carreras. Even though she was a waitress at the party, she couldn’t help but indulge in luxury. Samantha sneaked into one of the rooms and tried her hands on the makeup that was lying on the dressing table. She was found by Cruz, the son of a respected family.
Samantha was last seen by her boyfriend at a party enjoying herself with Cruz and his friends. Pipa naturally doubted Cruz and confronted him. He readily denied the accusation and admitted that he had given her his sister’s jewelry, but was unaware that she had been burned that same night. Even though Cruz wasn’t responsible for Sami’s murder, Pipa knew there was a secret the family was hiding.
Meanwhile, the police arrested a Qulla leader named Nahuel Mamani the same night Samantha was murdered. While the mayor wanted to make an example of the arrest, the indigenous community publicly expressed their anger at police brutality.
The indigenous population protested the illegal occupation of their land by the Carreras family for mining, and the arrest was a way to silence the community. The mayor’s son, Augustin Oregon, was engaged to Mercedes, the daughter of the Carreras. Therefore, it was family dynamics and mutual benefit that led to the support of the mayor in suppressing the voice that spoke against the seizure of the property.
After Maria revealed a picture of Augustin with Sami has taken the night of the party, Pipa knew that those involved would try to escape. She suspected Luis Paredes, who worked for Carreras. He was spotted outside her house around the same time she noticed the woman escaping. He justified this by saying that he was hunting a cougar, but Pipa no longer believed that it was true.
She reached him and found that he was indeed trying to escape. She accused him of trying to rape Sami and then killing her. Paredes could not deal with the charges and admitted that he killed her by mistake. He shouldn’t have murdered her, but after holding her tightly as a group of strangers crossed them, Samantha died. But Pipa couldn’t help wondering why Paredes was following Sami. Did Sami witness something that threatened the whole family? “Recurrence.”
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Alicia asked Tobias to find his mother and give her the phone. In the meantime, she was greeted by the police commissioner, who expressed an interest in searching for Tobiáš. Alicia explained that she had a phone now. She went to her room and returned with a gun in her hand. While threatening the officers to leave, she was shot in the chest by the commissioner.
Pipa found her son right outside their house, hiding. The commissioner was informed that the boy had left and they took off, leaving the police officer behind. As he began abusing Alice, who was struggling to breathe, Pipa attacked him and stabbed him to death. In her final moment, Alicia instructed Pippa to hand over the phone to Rufino and bring justice to Sami.
The video not only featured intimate moments between the siblings but also showed Mercedes murdering Pac when he entered the room. Paco always had his eyes on Cruz and Mercedes didn’t like him for it. Now that he had witnessed them growing closer, she attacked him in fear of telling everyone the truth. She asked Cruz to find her mother and in the process hit him on the head with an object, resulting in his death.
Sami recorded it all and at the end of the video, it is clear that Mercedes saw her hiding. Pipa knew she had to protect the phone at all costs, so she took the sim card out of the phone. The police issued a search warrant for Pipa when she fled with her son. A police car was following them and she drove into an abandoned mine to protect herself. She informed Rufino that Sami and Paredes were murdered by the Carreras family. She asked him for help and protection. “Recurrence.”
Due to a previous injury, Pipa began to feel weak. She asked Tobias to find Rufino and give him the phone. The police entered the mine and soon found the mother and son. The police commissioner pointed the gun at Pipa and asked her to hand over the phone to him. It was during this conversation that he explained his reason for protecting the Carreras family; it was all for his son Cruz.
He had a relationship with Etelvina and Cruz was their son. After a shocking revelation, Pipa informed him that she didn’t have her phone. When Tobias asked to be handed over, mother and son coordinated their movement and managed to shoot the commissioner.
At the end of “Recurrence”, Rufino testifies in court about Sami’s murder. The mining property is protected due to ongoing litigation between the Aboriginal population and the town council. Pipa and Tobias mourn Alicia’s death. So it can be assumed that the video helped bring the Carreras family to the attention of the law. They no longer had a commissioner to protect them, and Rufino only cared about the truth.
In addition to the murder mystery, “Recurrence” comments on how the indigenous population is treated in a country that continues to be dominated by white males. It also highlights the easy availability of firearms, which is available even to the young population. “Recurrence.”