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This movie scrapes a pass. The three main characters are Carmen, the driver of the plot, her intern Sara, and Carmen's boyfriend. Carmen's a journalist who wants to investigate a series of missing persons in Poland; her boss wants her to investigate missing bees. Carmen takes her boyfriend and intern off to Poland.

Carmen and Sara talk a fair bit; most of the characters they discuss are men, but they have some generic chat about their work. They interview a missing man's mother, and they talk with a little Polish girl, primarily about the missing man. Carmen and Sara also discuss certain spoilery plot elements, albeit briefly.

The movie starts slow and clich├ęd, but picks up a lot about halfway through, putting an interesting new spin on some of the stuff we've seen; sadly, that's also when the plot shifts to being driven more by the male characters than the female.

This is a horror movie, and I found it pretty creepy. It's not particularly exploitative of the female characters; at one point some of them are stripped of their clothes, but not in a sexualised fashion, and I wouldn't say the violence was sexualised. Gore is fairly sparing and used to good and squicky effect.

I'd recommend this as a horror movie, but it's not particularly good for female characters.
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