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The yellow rotten teeth, the gray concrete and the cracked walls illuminated by light tubes that tremble, exhausted. Tanned skins with tumbero tattoos, improvised ranches decorated with stamps and blankets with holes. Hidden knives under the mattress and a photo that reveals another time. The distant freedom and a confinement that weighs. Fate has little to offer a prison life; very little: train physical strength, evade the moment with any available chemical or regulate the killer instinct. That is not enough for men and they decide to act on their own. In the Puente Viejo prison there are no gods or saints, not even luck; only the desire to escape from that broken reality persists. The fringe” class=”com-link” data-reactroot=””>The fringe, the series in which all its characters are immortal until they die is back, and promises new hells to discover.

Trailer for “The marginal”, season 4 – Source: Netflix

With cast, location and renewed music, This January 19, Netflix will premiere the 8 episodes of a new season of The fringe, the series directed by Luis Ortega and co-created by Sebastián Ortega and Israel Caetano. This fourth installment takes place months after finishing the first season, since the second and third worked as prequels. In this edition, The series takes up the action after the fire of San Onofre, in the Puente Viejo prison where other rules apply and other villains, in addition to those already known, coexist. The great return comes from the hand of the initial protagonist Pastor (Juan Minujín), who will cross paths with Mario Borges (Claudio Rissi) and Diosito (Nicolás Furtado) in the new prison. From the outside, Sergio Antín (Gerardo Romano) will operate to take over the power of the prison, confronting the current director. And Emma Molinari (Martina Gusman) will work to help Pastor in a new and dangerous escape attempt.

Martina Gusman and Juan Minujín star in the fourth season of El Marginal
Martina Gusman and Juan Minujín star in the fourth season of El Marginal Julieta Horak – Netflix

Minujín and Gusman, in dialogue with THE NATION, revealed some details of this new season: “Other people who have power inside the prison will appear, in addition to a lot of things from the relationship between Emma and Pastor, from Emma’s own story, from Pastor’s relationship with Diosito, and from the Borges’ relationship with each other.

The fringe tells the story of ex-police officer Miguel Palacios (Minujín) who enters the San Onofre prison as a convict with a false identity, Pastor, and an invented cause with the mission of infiltrating a mixed gang of prisoners and jailers that operates from inside the prison. penal. Pastor throughout the plot hardens and adapts to the high levels of violence in the prison context.

The fourth season of El Marginal will work as a continuation of the first season, after the San Onofre fire
The fourth season of El Marginal will work as a continuation of the first season, after the San Onofre fire Julieta Horak – Netflix

The actor admitted that to prepare this character he had to break many prejudices. “It was a challenge to put myself in his shoes. To disarm my previous ideas I had to enter the world of prisons, interview a lot of police officers and enter different prisons. Not all prisons are the same, nor are all inmates, that is when one begins to unravel and a range of singularities begin to appear, which is what one tries to capture and develop as an actor”.

“Pastor in this fourth season sinks into a very deep darkness,” says MinujínJulieta Horak/Netflix

Minujín believes that what connects Pastor with the audience “It is the fact of having the world against and moving forward, of battling and despite everything, continuing to believe in something”. And he advances that although “each one goes through a different hell, Pastor in this fourth season sinks into a very deep darkness “. “And the most terrible thing will not be to see the darkness that comes from outside, but to see how his worst enemy is himself”, anticipates.

Played by Martina Gusman, Emma in this season will show a new facet as the partner of an inmate: Pastor
Played by Martina Gusman, Emma in this season will show a new facet as the partner of an inmate: PastorNetflix

For his part, Gusman -who in previous seasons played the prison’s social worker-, will reveal a new facet here, no longer as an employee of the penitentiary system but as the partner of an inmate, who must take care of their children and of their own ghosts. “Emma changes her life story, because she becomes the partner of an inmate. In this season” class=”com-link” data-reactroot=””>In this season he stands on the other side of the counter having to face his past, his childhood, repeating the place where his mother must have been since his father had also been imprisoned. We are going to see an Emma with many contradictions, very emotionally upset and quite vulnerable., to whom the reunion with Pastor allows him to revive a part of his hope”. The actress assures that one of the keys to the success of The fringe It is because “it connects with the dark part that each of us has.”

Luis Luque plays Coco, a criminal who, with the approval of the prison director, manages the Puente Viejo jail.
Luis Luque plays Coco, a criminal who, with the approval of the prison director, manages the Puente Viejo jail. Julieta Horak – Netflix

The “Fab 4” of The fringe They have a band, but not rock and what they sell are not just records: Diosito, Mario Borges, James (Daniel Pacheco) and Barney (Marcelo Peralta) They enter the Puente Viejo prison with the same nerves as four teenagers on the first day of classes at a new school. Leaving San Onofre behind, they know that now they play as visitors and that it is likely that at recess, the “big ones” will steal their place in line at the kiosk. The members of the Borges gang understand like few others that chance is only for the weak, and it doesn’t take long for them to devise new strategies to recover the prison status they were able to earn in San Onofre. But for that, they must have the approval of the Corleone from Puente Viejo, Coco (Luis Luque), and the prison director played by Rodolfo Ranni.

The Borges gang must adapt to the rules of the new Puente Viejo prison to which they were transferred
The Borges gang must adapt to the rules of the new Puente Viejo prison to which they were transferred Julieta Horak – Netflix

More than a series of “bad guys against bad guys”, Minujín and Gusman agree, the characters fight against their own ghosts and their own vulnerabilities. In the middle of these internal wars are the ones they have between them, but “deep down the biggest villain is inside each one, one’s worst enemy is oneself”.

Gusman points out that the good and evil of each of the characters is also linked to fate and their hard personal stories. “There are always many nuances, there are many layers to dig behind each character, nobody is so good or so bad, neither in fiction, nor in life”, reflects the actress.

Minujín assures that the bond between Pastor and Diosito will develop new levels of intensity: “These two characters that end up so much at odds in season 1, in season 4 they will be able to put their weapons aside and start connecting from complicity”. However, the actor prefers to keep some details to himself so as not to ruin the surprise effect.

Pastor and Diosito, face to face
Pastor and Diosito, face to face Julieta Horak – Netflix

-They think that The fringe Does it reflect something of our social fabric?

Juan Minujin: I think it shows how those who accumulate a lot of power use it to their advantage and those who have very little too. The series talks about all the people who are left out of the system, which is becoming more and more visible with the pandemic. He talks about a system that expels more and more people and leaves many people on the margins, stripped of everything, without a voice. The series takes a look at that.

“You have to work on insertion. The only way is to start seeing these white elephants, which we pretend do not exist but are and are part of the shadows of our society,” Gusman reflects.Julieta Horak/Netflix

Martina Gusman: Within the framework of a fiction, it reveals the damaged structures, the generalized corruption. It is not a mirror of reality, because there are different types of prisons, but by representing these realities, it sheds light on certain situations that many people are unaware of. The series manages to expose a part of social criticism regarding prisons while telling dramatic stories, and also has other moments linked to the comic. It combines super realistic characters like mine, histrionic characters like that of Diosite” class=”com-link” data-reactroot=””>Diosite, and more dramatic characters like Juan (Minujín). All these elements form the poetics of the series.

The fourth season of El Marginal was filmed in a new location.  The first three seasons were filmed in the former Cárcel de Caseros
The fourth season of El Marginal was filmed in a new location. The first three seasons were filmed in the former Cárcel de Caseros Julieta Horak – Netflix

-What is freedom for your characters means the same for you?

JM: The reflection on freedom and everything that one negotiates in pursuit of it and the commitments that this entails, I think it is an intimate question of one.

MG: I believe that one has to be able to collaborate so that there is less marginality, that we must work on the insertion. The only way is to start seeing these white elephants, which we pretend do not exist but are and are part of the shadows of our society. They are what we are afraid to see, but I think it is important to start seeing them to transform those shadows into a little light.

The fourth season of The fringe is available from this Wednesday 19 on Netflix


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