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Thesis (1996)

Tesis (original title)
While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ángela
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Xabier Elorriaga ...
Castro
Miguel Picazo ...
Figueroa
Nieves Herranz ...
Sena
Rosa Campillo ...
Yolanda
Paco Hernández ...
Padre Angela (as Francisco Hernández)
Rosa Ávila ...
Madre Angela
Teresa Castanedo ...
Presentadora T.V.
José Miguel Caballero ...
Conserje Videoteca
Joserra Cadiñanos ...
Vigilante
Julio Vélez ...
Encargado tren
Pilar Ortega ...
Encargada C. Ventas
Olga Margallo ...
Vanessa
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Storyline

Why is death and violence so fascinating? Is it morally correct to show violence in movies? If so, is there a limit to what we should show? That's the subject of Ángela's examination paper. She is a young student at a film school in Madrid. Together with the student Chema (who is totally obsessed with violent movies) they find a snuff movie in which a young girl is tortured and killed. Soon they discover that the girl was a former student at their school... Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Me llamo Ángela. Me van a matar. [English Tagline: My name is Angela. They're going to kill me.]


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Rated R for strong and perverse violent content, brief strong sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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12 April 1996 (Spain)  »

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€721,214 (estimated)
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In Angela's room you can see a poster of The movie My Own Private Idaho See more »

Goofs

In the final garage scene, the height of the camera has changed from approximately waist level to head height. See more »

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Title Card: WARNING: The following scenes may hurt the viewer's sensibility.
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References Shocker (1989) See more »

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Máquinas en Celo
Written by Ingresó Cadáver
Performed by Ingresó Cadáver
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Clever debut
2 June 2002 | by (Firenze, Italy) – See all my reviews

First effort by now affirmed Spanish director Amenebar, Tesis starts brilliantly (with a magnificent mix of music and images) and it develops perhaps too slowly and with a unsatisfying ending - at least for a mystery lover - butt it is for a rest a perfect machine explaining how a movie works, how it captures the attention of the viewers. Its aim and final analisys of the movie event and how violence is the basis of today's society could be debatable, but Amenebar has a gift to take good script and turn them in masterpieces.


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