The Invisible Guest
The Invisible Guest
Also known as: contratiempo (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director: Oriol Paulo
Writer: Oriol Paulo
Release Date: January 6, 2017 (Spain), 23 September 2016
- Mario Casas as Adrián Doria
- Bárbara Lennie as Laura Vidal
- Iñigo Gastesi as Daniel Garrido Ávila
- Francesc Orella as Félix Leiva
- Blanca Martínez as Virginia Goodman
- José Coronado as Tomás Garrido
- Ana Wagener as Elvira Garrido
Spanish businessman Adrián Doria is out on bail after being arrested for the murder of his lover, Laura Vidal. His lawyer, Félix Leiva, hires prestigious defense attorney Virginia Goodman who visits him early one morning with the news that the prosecutor has found a witness who will be testifying in front of a judge soon, so he must tell the whole story quickly.
Adrián tells Virginia how he and Laura ended their affair months ago but received a call blackmailing them to come to a rural hotel with €100,000. At the hotel, Adrián was knocked unconscious and awoke to find Laura dead in the bathroom. The police arrive and, finding the room door locked and chained from the inside, break in. The windows are locked and the handles removed during the winter, leaving Adrián the only suspect. After his arrest, his wife leaves him and takes their young daughter. Virginia insists Adrián is not telling her the whole truth.
Adrián then narrates further back, how he claimed to be in Paris but was really in a cabin with Laura. As they drive back to Barcelona through Sierra y Cañones de Guara, Adrián tries to convince her to end their adulterous relationship. Distracted, Adrián swerves into the oncoming lane to avoid a deer, clipping another car, which hits a tree. Although they are unhurt, the driver of the other car, a bank employee named Daniel Garrido, 23, is killed. Laura rationalizes that it is not entirely their fault since Daniel was texting and not wearing his seat belt.
When another car approaches, Laura pushes Daniel’s body down across the passenger’s seat, and she and Adrián pretend to exchange insurance information. She answers Daniel’s phone when it rings to continue the ruse, and the other driver leaves, convinced. Laura waits for a towtruck in Adrián’s car, which will not start, while Adrián dumps Daniel’s car in a lake with his body in the trunk. Adrian remains around the place of the accident, while Laura departs with the towtruck towing Adrian’s car.
Later on, Laura, upset, returns to the place of the accident (where Adrian is still waiting) driving Adrian’s car, and tells him how his car was repaired. An automotive engineer, Tomás, drove by and offered to help Laura, who claimed she hit a deer. He towed Adrian’s car to his (Tomás’) house to fix it. While talking to Tomás’ wife, Elvira, Laura sees some photographs and realizes Daniel Garrido is their son. Laura, who still has Daniel’s phone in her pocket, hides it in their couch as Elvira calls, looking for her son. As Laura leaves in Adrián’s car, Tomás Garrido notices her adjusting her seat, proving that she was lying when she claimed she was driving. He notes the car’s number plates as Laura leaves. After Adrián sells his car and reports it stolen, he parts ways with Laura, hopefully for good.
Within a few days, Adrián is summoned to the police station, as Tomás has reported his plate number to the police. Félix arranges for a false alibi for Adrián in Paris, and bribes the police to remove Adrián’s name from the Garrido case file. When the news report that Daniel is on the run after embezzling money from the bank, Adrián confronts Laura, who admits that she had taken Daniel’s wallet when they put his body in the trunk; later on, using the information of Daniel, Laura, whose husband works for the same bank, hacked into Daniel’s account and stole money to create a fake trail. Adrián tells her that what she did is wrong, but Laura threatens to frame him too.