Mirror, Mirror or Espejo, Espejo is a 2022 Spanish comedy film directed and written by Marc Crehuet, starring Santi Millán, Malena Alterio, Carlos Areces, and Natalia de Molina.
Every once in a while we come across a representation of the human condition that is so simple yet meaningful that it amazes us how much more there is to explore within the subject. There’s something to be said for the fact that just a simple look is far more meaningful to the story than lots and lots of VFX, machismo, and unnecessary theatrics. Now, know about Mirror, Mirror movie.
Mirror, Mirror: Movie Synopsis
“Mirror, Mirror.” It is often said that our first instinct is what we have been used to and our second is who we really are. That’s the premise of the film, and it’s equal parts tragic and liberating because when combined with the motto “Be free, be yourself,” is that really going to be a good thing? “Mirror, Mirror” opens with an encounter between Alvaro and another woman who works in his office.
After they spend the night together while evaluating each other in private, the woman reflects on how she didn’t like the experience, but Alvaro is convinced that she might just fall in love with him. In the next scene, Paula focuses on filming her company’s 50th-anniversary video, in which she includes members from her office and gives it a truly inclusive look. Her sister Cristine warns her that this might not go over well with the executives of “Medina Cosmetics”, but Paula ignores her.
Cristina’s inner voice is a voice of caution, but also an assurance of her place in life. As she wonders if she should go to her therapist again, her voice tells her that she is perfectly fine. This is also a representation of what prevents many people from seeking help because there is nothing visibly wrong with it. Paula, on the other hand, has an inner voice that tells her she can do no wrong and anyone who contradicts her is either jealous or just bitter.
The next day, as expected, Alvaro doesn’t like the video and asks Paula to take it down immediately. This upsets her so much that she starts crying. One of the people from the office, Alberto, who is also in the video, tries to comfort her. He has a secret crush on her and is generally a mild-mannered person who everyone seems to take advantage of.
His inner voice is that of a highly critical person, constantly telling him that he is not good enough. Back to the video: despite Alvaro’s refusal, he receives a message from his boss Ernesto that the president of the company really liked it and wants them to come up with a strategy to promote it.
Alvaro is completely at a loss and asks Paula what he can do for his own presentation. This is probably when it starts to fall apart. His inner voice is tired of them always talking about themselves and hates that all they do is talk about him. This is a representation of the phrase “too full of myself”.
Alvaro’s nature forces his reflection to simply leave him, just as he remained without reflection. His sense of self-importance, which he stuffed himself with for years, is also related to this. At the meeting with the president, he is unable to properly present the strategy. Ernesto invites Paula to take over and she is an instant hit with the board.
Alvaro struggles with losing his rebound when he bumps into Alberto. Seeing the possibility, he asks his own reflection to leave. A result is a man who thinks he owns the world. He’s no longer humble, but he’s just as insufferable. He invites Antonia, the receptionist, to an office party, but forgets to be there to receive her. Antonia has her own inner voice that keeps telling her to burn everything and reminding her to enjoy it.
She says it reminds her of when she burned a parakeet and three chickens and loved the smell. But Antonia suppresses her voice. When Alberto invites her to the party, it’s a win for her because it proves that her inner voice was wrong all along and people are actually good. Meanwhile, Cristine is going through her own problems. Her reflection has been replaced by that of “Cristiano” and he wants Cristina to listen to him. She really is who she’s always been, but she’s been putting it off for too long.
When she returns to her therapist after four years, she is angry at her for cutting their visits short and refuses to treat her. As Cristine struggles more and more with her identity, she finds her way to a dress shop to buy something for the party. There, Cristian is successfully subdued, but her reflection is no longer as reassuring as before.
She needed it to protect her in her childhood, but the result of pretending the lie for so long was depression. He goes to the hairdresser and finds that the party is in full swing. With enough alcohol in her, she strikes up a conversation with one of the workers there – Pole – and asks him to cut her hair just like him.
On the other hand, Alvaro has a meltdown of his own. His belief that he is the best comes from his mother. She put him on a pedestal his entire life, making him very content with his mediocrity without ever facing it. Accepting that he’s not so great after all is the moment his world crumbles around him and he doesn’t know who he is anymore.
At the office party, Paula gives a speech and Alvaro takes a back seat. Cristine shows up completely drunk but as her true self. She’s wearing sideburns, cut her hair short, and now calls herself Cristian. Alberto starts singing a love song he dedicates to Paula and tries to kiss her, but she says no.
In the middle of it all, Antonia, who has been denied entry to the party, ends up being ignored and unseen and sets the room on fire. As the people run, Paula and Antonia’s eyes meet and she whispers, “Be free, be yourself. It’s like she’s casting a spell, as the images of our protagonists become distorted.
Mirror, Mirror Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
The reflections obviously take over the characters. Let’s start with Paula. The company offers her a position, and she recommends the capitalistic strategy of constantly co-opting the topic of “freedom of speech” to sell their makeup without making any real change.
She gets the job. Let’s take a moment to understand Paula. She never had her father’s approval and was always told she was “lazy” like her mother. We don’t have much backstory, but it seems that the very thing that was holding Cristina back from being who she really is is what caused Paula to develop a god complex.
She truly believes that she is better than everyone else because she believes that there is beauty in every person. But she doesn’t believe it herself, as it turns out when she tries to pointlessly tell Maria Carmen that she’s beautiful. The monologue crouched like hell and fooled no one except Albert, who just wanted the approval of his crush.
Starving for acceptance from her parents, Paula made her whole personality to be as accepting of everyone as possible—a good idea, but with a bad intention that only pushed people away from real conversation. However, her inner voice had no illusions. She knew what Cristina’s reality was and brought it to the fore.
For Alvaro and Cristine, letting their thoughts take over was the best thing that could have happened to them. Cristine can finally be who she wants to be, one step at a time. Alvaro needs to find out who she is as a person and has to start the journey from scratch. However, Alberto turned away from his reflection. He is the only one who turns his eyes away from him in the end. The only reflection that hated him. Alberto never liked himself, but he always wanted to be on top of the world.
He has no use for his repulsive side. Therefore, when his reflection takes over, he buries that part of himself by turning away from it. When the camera zooms out, the screen goes dark and only people and their reflections are visible. This could represent the fear and uncertainty the characters feel just before they start living as their authentic selves. “Mirror, Mirror.”