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Tesis (1996)

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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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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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Taglines:

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

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Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Thesis  »

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€721,214 (estimated)
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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

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

Quotes

Ángela Márquez: My name is Angela. They're going to kill me.
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Máquinas en Celo
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Spanish cheeseburger
11 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film from Spain is a suspense thriller about a media student who discovers a "snuff" film showing the gruesome killing of one of her peers. Helped by a classmate with an impressive collection of video nasties of his own, she becomes an amateur Sherlock and sets out to find those responsible for the killing.

From this premise, debut director Amenebar builds a story which is strongly focused on suspense and plot. For those looking for a yarn with plenty of twists and turns and who are willing to overlook it's numerous contrivences and logical loopholes, it will doubtless please. For those who look to European cinema for a break from the tired formulas of the Hollywood film factories, look elsewhere. "Tesis" is not an ambitious film. It's not bad for a fairly low-budget first film. It will pass a couple of hours. But it's really a film for the kind of person who goes to a Spanish restaurant and orders a cheese burger.


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