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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 »
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Very good first feature 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

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Also Known As:
"Tesis" - Spain (original title)
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Rated R for strong and perverse violent content, brief strong sexuality and strong language
125 min | 118 min (cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In Angela's room you can see a poster of The movie My Own Private IdahoSee more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Bosco Herranz:What color are my eyes?See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Shining (1980)See more »
Máquinas en CeloSee more »


What are the differences between the Korean DVD Version and the Original Version?
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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Very good first feature, 31 January 2002
Author: vostf ( from Paris, Fr

A promising director: it's what I thought after the screening of Amenabar's first feature. There is a compelling story told with bright creative ideas.

Eventually I felt the first part of the movie was really great and the following went a little under. Sure, it is more difficult to bring all sorts of things together after you built up an exciting suspense. Still you don't feel bored once you are getting to know what it is really all about, but you got more free 'RAM space' to think it over. Perhaps accelerating the rhythm would have kept Tesis on the same high level of suspense. Perhaps it would have been a mistake to change the pace.

Among things you can take away with you is the background theme about our attraction for the morbid. It opens and closes the movie and really gives it one further dimension - one could say it's a bit didactical but it's a least flaw for a first major effort.

Next step Senor Amenabar: a little less personal work (as compared with the experimental Abre los ojos) but still something personal (The Others is the least interesting work so far).

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