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Thesis (1996)
"Tesis" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  12 April 1996 (Spain)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Xabier Elorriaga ...
Miguel Picazo ...
Nieves Herranz ...
Rosa Campillo ...
Paco Hernández ...
Padre Angela (as Francisco Hernández)
Rosa Ávila ...
Madre Angela
Teresa Castanedo ...
Presentadora T.V.
José Miguel Caballero ...
Conserje Videoteca
Joserra Cadiñanos ...
Julio Vélez ...
Encargado tren
Pilar Ortega ...
Encargada C. Ventas
Olga Margallo ...


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 <>

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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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When Angela (Ana Torrent) is accessing the warranty database, director Alejandro Amenábar's name appears as a warranted customer of an XT-500 video camera. See more »


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


[last lines]
Title Card: WARNING: The following scenes may hurt the viewer's sensibility.
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References The Third Man (1949) See more »


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Brilliant, but Blunt
5 December 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

A brilliant, gritty thriller more in the style of an American film noir than anything else. This film, more a statement on the appeal of violence in the media than anything else, deserves credit for the way it handles the characterisation of Angela, Chema and Bosco. Without giving away too much of the plot, this is a film that is not a mystery, but an indictment of our own human fascination with snuff films and death. The message communicated by the last scene should be as subtle as a full moon, but feels natural.

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