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12 November 1999 (Spain) See more »
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Trying to reach the limits of evil... But evil has no limits.
Plot:
The mutilated body of a six year old girl is found in a water hole. The girl is identified as the missing daughter of Claudia... See more » | Full synopsis »
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16 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Atmospherically chilling and taut thriller See more (58 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Emma Vilarasau ... Claudia

Karra Elejalde ... Massera

Tristán Ulloa ... Quiroga
Toni Sevilla ... Franco
Brendan Price ... Marc
Jordi Dauder ... Forense
Núria Cano ... Policía
Isabel Ampudia ... Secretaria
Carles Punyet ... Jefe
Aleix Puiggalí ... Tipo malcarado
Susana García Díez ... Chica piscina (as Susana García)
Pep Tosar ... Toni
Carme Capdet ... Monja
Manel Solás ... Hombre silla de ruedas
Víctor Guillén ... Hombre flaco (as Víctor Guillén 'Buby')
Sebastià Sellent ... Director revista
Boris Ruiz ... Jesuita
Josep Maria Domènech ... Romero (as Josep Mª Domenech)
Manuel Bronchud ... Dr. Bolggen (as Manel Bronchud)
Joan Massotkleiner ... Psiquiatra (as Joan Massot-Kleiner)
Carlos Lasarte ... Santini
Pepita Alguersuari ... Mujer en el motel
Jessica Del Pozo ... Ángela
Judith Tort ... Ángela a los 5 años
Susana González ... Tatuadora (as Susana Mª González)
Agustín Mellines ... Tipo escuálido

Ferran Terraza ... Joven rapado
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dianne Arnaldo ... Niña 1ª comunión
María Bianco ... Snuff Movie
Luis Casacuberta ... Snuff Movie (as Lluís Casacoberta)
Mercè Gil ... Monja sueño
Sergi Martí ... Snuff Movie
Pedro Antonio Segura ... Snuff Movie
Mercè Sierra ... Mujer Massera
Domenec Barbara ... Miembro de la secta (uncredited)
Pepe Mediavilla ... Romero (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jaume Balagueró 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jaume Balagueró  writer
Ramsey Campbell  story

Produced by
Jaume Balagueró .... associate producer
Carlos Fernández .... associate producer
Julio Fernández .... associate producer
Joan Ginard .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Carles Cases 
 
Cinematography by
Xavi Giménez 
 
Film Editing by
Luis de la Madrid 
 
Production Design by
Matías Tikas 
 
Art Direction by
Matías Tikas 
 
Costume Design by
Carmen González 
 
Makeup Department
Alma Casal .... makeup department head
Patricia López .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Josep Amorós .... production manager
Joan Ginard .... production manager
Miguel Ángel González .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luis Casacuberta .... second assistant director
Anna Rua .... second assistant director
Fernando Sánchez-Izquierdo .... first assistant director (as Fernando Izquierdo)
 
Art Department
Mònica Artés .... assistant decorator
Jordi Ribera .... assistant decorator
Gustavo Suñer .... props
 
Sound Department
Manuel Carrión .... foley artist
Manuel Carrión .... sound effects
Raúl Marsal .... assistant sound mixer
Salva Mayolas .... sound editor
Salva Mayolas .... sound supervisor
Marc Orts .... sound mixer
Marc Orts .... sound re-recording mixer
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby
 
Special Effects by
Xavi Bastida .... special effects makeup
David Martí .... special effects supervisor
Adolfo Vila .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eduard Aguiló .... grip
Gemma Argiles .... video assist operator
Sergi Bartrolí .... electrician
Albert Carreras .... second operator
Francesc Carreras .... assistant camera
Óscar Faura .... assistant camera
David Fernández .... gaffer
Joan Morató .... Steadicam operator
David Planagumà .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Javier Sanz .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Xavi Adán .... assistant editor
Félix Bueno .... assistant editor
Pepín .... colorist
 
Music Department
Pere Bardagí .... musician (as Pere Berdagí)
Carles Cases .... musical director
Carles Cases .... musician
Carles Cases .... orchestrator
Guillem Llobell .... musician
Mariona Tuset .... musician (as Mariona Tusset)
Maria Vall .... music producer
 
Other crew
Eduardo Albaladejo .... management of rights: Filmax Entertainment
Glòria Blanes .... script supervisor
Vicente Canales .... head of sales
Isabel Caraly .... production assistant
Ivan Carrero .... production assistant
Valentí Closas .... production secretary
Martin Samper .... marketing and promotion
Elisa Sirvent .... production assistant
Emma Stumpler .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Bernat Elias .... thanks
Loris Omedes .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Los sin nombre" - Spain (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, disturbing images, graphic nudity and language
Runtime:
102 min
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Trivia:
Based on the British novel "The Nameless" by Ramsey Campbell.See more »
Quotes:
Santini:Look at the table, Claudia. I'm sure that's all you see. A table. Because you can't see beyond - within. There are things within the table, Claudia, but you can't see them. Termites. They are devouring it little by little. But no one knows. They never rest...See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Killer berberechos (1996)See more »
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Atmospherically chilling and taut thriller, 6 August 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Claudia Gifford receives a call from the police to tell her they found the body of her six-year-old daughter Angela. Her body was brutalized and she seems to have been chosen for sacrifice by a cult they call "The Nameless". But five years later Claudia receives a telephone call from supposedly her dead daughter and that she needs her mum's help. So with the help of an ex-cop, she investigates more into this mystery and because of it, dire and disturbing consequences occur.

Effectively tense, alienating and involving is what comes to my mind when I describe the Spanish film "The Nameless". The film's stark lighting, slick detail and gloomy awe just had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. It does have a little amount of ghastly violence and some explicit visuals and material that aren't for the faint hearted. Though, that's not what got on my nerves but more the use of dull and lifeless colour tones that pull you into cold-hearted paradise, tension builds subtly with eerie quietness, the chilling sound effects just put you on the edge with also a beautifully faint score that drowns you with emotion and that definitely puts you into a false state of mind. Mostly it was piano backing, which sorrow and pain develops from the notes potently. The depressing state of it sucks the life right out of you!

For me the plot is one of its few weaknesses, as at times situations that occurred just didn't add up and it does get a bit schematic. The first half builds on the story and suspense, but in my eyes the second half is where the plot (not suspense) became patchy and kind of faulted by the way side. The theories (about the cult) that are thrown up are indeed absorbing and the whole set-up kept me glued to proceedings as the plot is basically just glazed over without any real substance to back it, but at least it moves in a fairly snappy pace. This was due to tight editing that's swiftly unnerving and also fluid camera shots. The performances are reasonably bland, but hey this is such sombre film so you kind of accept it. Anyhow, these cardboard characters are haunted and scarred by ghosts of loved ones that fill their memories. The stylish film-making for me really added to the moody atmosphere. Evoking a sense of doom and coldness with its brood shadows filling every corner of the set and they seem to have something evil lurking within them that just eats away at you. Some scenes I was just waiting for something bad to happen, as you can just tell, but even so it still kind of gets to you. Even a humming sound would nag away at me, though I don't know if I was hearing things or that it was from the film? Towards the end you get a usual twist that didn't surprise me much, but the second one to end it was something that left me rather blank, just like the plot pretty much did. You can also see plenty of influences from other films with its story, visuals and atmosphere.

Overall, a neatly made psychological thriller that builds tremendously on atmosphere, thrills and mystery.

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