The studio synopsis says "EVERYBODY KNOWS (TODOS LO SABEN) follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister's wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed."
Ah, if only the story was that simple but when you are dealing with 10 plus family manners, an ex-boyfriend, a kidnapping, money problems, alcoholics, estates, a winery not to forget such red herrings as a young boy wearing bright red glasses you can understand why the movie is 132 minutes long. It takes about twenty minutes to get the story going with some characters dismissed quickly and others getting more time than necessary.
To be honest I could just watch Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem alone on screen just talking but the fact that they were sweethearts when younger is referred to as a plot point and then sort of forgotten though they spend more time on screen than any other actor.
At times the movie is a telenovela, other times a mystery thriller but most times jumps all over the place that it doesn't quite make sense. With the kindness of a lady sitting nearby, reminding us of something that happened at the beginning of the movie, the explanation of the mystery sort of made sense.
"Everybody Knows" isn't a must-see movie but if you are a fan of Cruz and/or Bardem, and I am, plus like scenic movies, you might not get involved with the convoluted story but you will enjoy the movie