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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ángela
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Chema
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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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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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Trivia

Alejandro Amenábar wrote some of this film while still at University, and that University was the Complutense, as featured in this film. See more »

Goofs

At 54 min the door Chema is trying to break into has the handle on the left hand side. However, when he opens the door and we see him from the inside, the handle has switched to the opposite side. See more »

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[last lines]
Title Card: WARNING: The following scenes may hurt the viewer's sensibility.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Effective Thriller
6 June 2004 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This film is an efficient thriller from Spain. It deals with the popular urban legend of "snuff" films (films which depict a real-life murder committed purely for the sake of the film).

The plot involves a young film student Angela (Ana Terrant) who is doing a thesis on cinematic violence. To research her thesis she seeks out the most extreme violence films she can find and accidentally stumbles upon a snuff film depicting the torture and murder of a fellow student from her university. She soon starts investigating the film.

The film is well-made and well-acted with several effective scares and twists. It's main message is that the people who watch violent films are in some way accomplices to the violent acts that they watch. This is an old point that has been made several times before. It also deals with the attraction of the forbidden. For example, in the opening scene, Angela goes to see a dead body on a railway track, partly because she has been told not to. Just when she, and the audience, are about to see the body she is stopped. In another scene, Angela is looking away from the snuff film but takes a quick look when she is told not to.






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