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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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The film had a relatively small budget of P116 million - equal to about 696,000 EUROS. See more »


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Terrifying And Intelligent!
12 July 2006 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

"Tesis" is not only a tantalizing Horror Thriller, but is also an intelligent study of people's fascination with death and the imagery of death. Several movies about the topic of snuff films have come up in the last several years (8 MM, for example), this one is definitely the best.

Angela is a young woman who is writing a thesis on violence in the media, in order to get her degree in communication science. Doing research, she gets to know Chema, a fellow student who is obsessed with violent movies. Angela finds a snuff video of a girl tortured to death, Chema recognizes the girl as a former student from their school, who disappeared several years ago. Angela and Chema get themselves into great danger, trying to find out who killed the girl.

Thrilling from the first to the last minute, and sometimes quite shocking and disturbing, "Tesis" is a movie that will definitely not disappoint you if you're looking for suspense. But not only is the movie thrilling and entertaining it also makes some very interesting points in the questions why people are fascinated with death and violence, what the effects of fascination with violence are and how media are dealing with it. I'll never forget the beginning of the movie, when a suicide occurs in the Madrid subway and Angela, although she doesn't want to be 'fascinated with violence', can't help but try to get a look at the dead body.

The acting in the movie is very good, specially Ana Torrent as Angela and Fele Martínez as Chema. A good cinematography supports the suspense and the thrilling atmosphere. Alejandro Amenábar did a great job writing and directing this movie, one of the most thrilling of the 90's. A great horror thriller, researching people's fascination with violence and death, 'Tesis' is disturbing, terrifying and intelligent! 8 out of 10!

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