The Snow Girl review: Bleak subject matter concealing a compelling mystery

The Snow Girl is a Spanish thriller television series about a small girl who goes missing during a parade in Málaga and the dedication of a young newspaper journalist to help Amaya’s parents recover her. The series is now streaming on Netflix.


The story of The Snow Girl begins on January 5, 2010, the day Amaya goes missing. When Amaya’s abduction makes headlines, it piques the interest of newspaper intern Miren, who works for the provincial daily Diario Sur

Meanwhile, the case’s investigators, Belén Millán and her partner Chaparro, interview every witness and suspect involved. Miren was dealing with her own previous traumas as a rape victim even as she led her own inquiry into Amaya’s case.

On Maya’s birthday in 2016, six years after her abduction, a parcel comes for Miren, who is still working at the Diario Sur newspaper. The message instructs Miren to invite Amaya’s parents in before opening the package. 

A film inside shows Amaya, aged 12, playing with a dollhouse inside a bedroom.

Miren is forced to confront a sad portion of her life that she would prefer to forget, while working on Amaya’s disappearance. A violent incident she can’t quite recall but that bothers her constantly drives her to focus even more on Amaya’s case.

Eduardo, her mentor and journalist colleague, assists Miren because he is aware of the history that haunts her and realises that she will not stop until Amaya is found.

Ana’s patient, Iris Molina, abducted Amaya. She kidnapped Amaya during the procession and forced her husband, Santiago, to help her.

For nine years, Iris isolated Amaya from the outside world, Iris even renamed her Julia and brainwashed Amaya into believing she was Iris’s daughter. Miren eventually discovers that Iris is the kidnapper.


Milena Smith has done an excellent job portraying Miren Rojo. Her character isn’t much of a talker, which deviates from the usual image of journalists in many films and series.

She conveyed the whole sense of a woman who had a horrific past and her growth throughout the years as she confronted her fears.

Aixa Villagran’s character as a cop, Belén Millán, is a wonderful illustration of how two people respond differently to the same situation.

Every actor remained loyal to the lives of the characters they played. The audience will be able to completely grasp their sentiments.


The series’ narrative is conveyed in multiple time leaps. They are always appropriately labeled thus the observer does not become lost in the timelines.

The temporal time jumps are effective in that they highlight how the incident affects numerous lives. 

By altering the viewpoint in one episode and achieving a definitive resolution to the major case in the last episode, the final two episodes truly shake up the plot. 

The episodes are directed by David Ulloa and Laura Alvea, and they have done a wonderful job of conveying the sadness and horror that certain individuals experience as the tale continues. 

The picture selection utilized to convey all of these emotions is excellent. 


This narrative is just too realistic to suddenly turn into a fairytale. Though it was a clear-cut mystery movie, the motive for Amaya’s kidnapping was not a convincing one.

The number of time hops and the idea of Miren’s history have been overdone by the creators. 

The writers continue to postpone the flashback scenes until later episodes, even after explaining why Miren is so anxious to discover answers.


The Snow Girl is a grievous crime thriller in which there is no hope for the characters until the very end. The mystery and unpredictability, on the other hand, keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

The Snow Girl
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Director: David Ulloa, Laura Alvea

Date Created: 2023-01-27 13:30

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