IMDb > Thesis (1996)
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Thesis (1996) More at IMDbPro »Tesis (original title)

Photos (See all 11 | slideshow)


User Rating:
7.5/10   29,661 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 11% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Thesis on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
12 April 1996 (Spain) See more »
Me llamo Ángela. Me van a matar. [English Tagline: My name is Angela. They're going to kill me.]
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... Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
15 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Absolute first rate thriller! See more (114 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ana Torrent ... Ángela

Fele Martínez ... Chema

Eduardo Noriega ... Bosco Herranz
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
José Luis Cuerda ... Profesor 1º
Emiliano Otegui ... Profesor 2º
Walter Prieto ... Vigilante Tren
Florentino Sainz ... Anciano
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helena Castañeda ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Alejandro Amenábar 
Writing credits
Alejandro Amenábar (screenplay)

Alejandro Amenábar (story) &
Mateo Gil (story)

Produced by
Alejandro Amenábar .... associate producer
Hans Burmann .... associate producer (as Hans Burmann)
Wolfgang Burmann .... associate producer
José Luis Cuerda .... executive producer
José Luis Cuerda .... producer
Julio Madurga .... associate producer
Emiliano Otegui .... executive producer
Ricardo Steinberg .... co-producer
María Elena Sáinz de Rozas .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alejandro Amenábar 
Mariano Marín 
Cinematography by
Hans Burmann 
Film Editing by
María Elena Sáinz de Rozas 
Production Design by
Wolfgang Burmann 
Costume Design by
Ana Cuerda 
Makeup Department
Eli Adánez .... assistant makeup artist (as Elisabeth Adánez)
Paca Almenara .... makeup artist
Production Management
Emiliano Otegui .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mateo Gil .... assistant director
Raúl Otegui .... second assistant director
Walter Prieto .... first assistant director
Art Department
Óscar Romero .... props (as Oscar Romero)
Sound Department
Sergio Bürmann .... boom operator (as Sergio Burmann)
Manuel Corrales .... sound effects
Pelayo Gutiérrez .... sound editor
Alfonso Pino .... sound mixer
Jaume Puig .... dolby consultant
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... sound effects editor
Ricardo Steinberg .... sound (as Goldstein & Steinberg)
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Wolfgang Burmann .... assistant camera
Pablo Bürmann .... assistant camera (as Pablo Burmann)
Juan Carrión .... gaffer
Pablo Carrión .... electrician
Mateo Gil .... video operator
Pedro López .... electrician
Catalina Madurga .... video assist operator
Julio Madurga .... second assistant camera
Matías Nieto .... still photographer
Francisco Ramos .... key grip
José Sacristán .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonia Isla .... costume trainee: set costumer
Editorial Department
Natalia Sáinz de Rozas .... assistant editor
Music Department
Mariano Marín .... orchestrator
Javier Vacas .... music mixer
Other crew
Jesús Alonso .... production assistant
José Miguel Mendiola .... financial controller
María Teresa Payero .... production secretary
François Vila .... press agent
Emma Penella .... thanks

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tesis" - Spain (original title)
See more »
Rated R for strong and perverse violent content, brief strong sexuality and strong language
125 min | 118 min (cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

In a Scene Chema is watching The spanish movie "Leyenda Del Viento Norte"See more »
Continuity: 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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References Frankenstein (1931)See more »
Máquinas en CeloSee more »


What are the differences between the Korean DVD Version and the Original Version?
See more »
48 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Absolute first rate thriller!, 19 October 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Tesis is a film about a film student writing an assignment on violence on film, which is appropriate because Tesis is itself, an assignment written by Alejandro Amenábar on violence and the state of the Spanish film industry. Amenábar has packed the film with nods towards the industry, and the reasons why it isn't working and this ties in excellently with the central theme of violence. The director professes that Spain's film industry will not be a success until it gives the people what it wants - and that theory in it's purest form is snuff films. Snuff films don't have any production values and exist purely to please their audience on an aesthetic level - and the snuff industry in this film is in a boom period! The idea of violence and why we find it is fascinating has made the base for many films, and it serves this one excellently too. The scene at the start sums all up; we open in a train station where someone has committed suicide. The station guards are trying to ensure that nobody sees the horror, and yet there's scores of people surrounding the tracks and Amenábar makes sure that even you - the viewer - want to survey the horror for yourself.

I don't know how successful Tesis was in it's native Spain, but it's certainly one of the best films to come out of the country in recent memory, and a lot of the reason for that is that the director has heeded his own advice and given the audience what they want. Rather than try and be deep and complex like many other foreign films, Tesis is a straight thriller, not unlike what would come out of America's thriving industry, and the fact that Amenábar has knowingly accepted what his film is and hasn't tried to make it any more than that does it no end of favours. The film follows a relaxed pace, and the basic structure follows a mystery, which is being unravelled by two students; Angela, the one doing the thesis and Chema; someone she met because of his infamous love for violent films. The way that Amenábar keeps the film flowing steadily ensures that we are really able to get into the mystery, and this makes the film far more thrilling overall. The film is about snuff films, but it shouldn't be mistaken for one itself. The focus is often kept away from violence, and the director only shows us just enough of the snuff to whet our appetites.

The film's main point is to show us the mystery, but the characters are never made to take a backseat. The two central figures are given time to grow as people so that we can really get to know them, and even feel for them. In many thrillers, the characters and the mystery can't be weighed up evenly; but despite the fact that he's only a young filmmaker, Amenábar has shown his brilliance by doing it to perfection. The characters actually compliment the mystery, in fact, because at times it flows because of who the characters are. This really allows the film to become compelling, and this is also where most of the true greatness lies. The characters are brought to life by a great cast of young actors. The beautiful Ana Torrent takes the lead role, and is joined by débutant Fele Martínez, who plays her opposite number. These two have an awkward chemistry, and this is capitalised on brilliantly. The third lead is played by Eduardo Noriega, who would go on to make a splash in Amenábar's Open Your Eyes a year later.

Tesis doesn't get mentioned all that often in discussions about great horror/thrillers - and I really have no idea why. This is a first rate film, and really shows its cast and director's talent. The Spanish film industry may be on the decline - but it wont be if they can pump out a few more films like this one!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (114 total) »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Phenomena Torso All About Lily Chou-Chou Enbalming Matador
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb Spain section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.