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El arte de morir (2000)

In Spain a young artist has gone missing, and a hardened detective takes on the case. Six friends become the focus of the investigation, being pressured for their knowledge of the artist's ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
María Esteve ...
Gustavo Salmerón ...
Carlos (as Adriá Collado)
Adolfo Fernández ...
Pepa López ...
Madre Clara
Mónica Cano ...
Paul Zubillaga ...
Tamara Chenel ...
Antonio de la Fuente ...
Paloma Juanes ...
Madre Candela


In Spain a young artist has gone missing, and a hardened detective takes on the case. Six friends become the focus of the investigation, being pressured for their knowledge of the artist's whereabouts. They all deny involvement, and soon they have reason to fear for their lives as it appears a serial killer is hunting them all down. The one friend closest to the artist watches helplessly as his once quiet life is shattered by incrimination, suspicion and ultimately -- horrific violence. Written by mikhail080@cs.com

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Release Date:

31 March 2000 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

A Arte de Morrer  »


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€550,000 (Spain), 31 March 2000, Limited Release
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El arte de morir
Written by Alfonso Pérez (as A. Pérez), Suso Sáiz, Cristina Lliso and Tito Fargo
Performed by Cristina Lliso
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Intelligent edition, attractive scenarios and slick utilization of shock images make this one, an acceptable thriller plenty of killings
2 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Spanish Slasher full of thrills , suspense , grisly killings , chills , intrigue and plot twists . It gives a terrifying and disturbingly youthful view of fears in which posses an element of fantasy . In Spain a young artist named Nacho (Gustavo Salmeron) has gone missing , and a tough Inspector (Emilio Gutierrez Caba) is investing the strange disappearance . The police detective asks his young friends but they deny involvement . Six friends are the followings : Fele Martínez as Iván , María Esteve as Clara , Adrià Collado as Carlos , Lucía Jiménez as Patricia , Elsa Pataky as Candela and Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Ramón ; all of them become the axis of the investigation , being pressured for their knowledge of the artist's whereabouts . They all deny to know his whereabout , and soon they have reason to fear for their lives as it appears a serial killer committing a a criminal spree , as the murderer is hunting them all down. The one friend (Fele Martinez) closest to the artist seeks helplessly responses until he finds out the terrible true .

This exciting , bizarre film contains tension , thriller, drama , mystery , plot twists and shocks , including decent scares with tense terror sequences especially in its final part , in a creepy denouement . The picture is thrilling and some moment brilliant, and the players are quite reliable . Enjoyable main actors formed by a Spanish-all-star-cast . Being supported by fine secondary actors such as Emilio Gutierrez Caba as a hardened detective who takes on the case and Adolfo Fernandez as Luis , among others . Creepy movie builds taut by showing virtually well staged killings , lush settings , unsettling score and evocative cinematography . Although is sometimes slow moving , overlong and stagy , however is entertaining for continuous suspense . Sinister , mysterious atmosphere is nicely photographed by magnificent cameraman Javier Salmones , and standing out blue colors with luxurious images . Suspenseful and frightening soundtrack by Javier Navarrete heightens the suspense .

This motion picture displaying genuine chills , suspense, mystery and dark atmosphere and a twisted finale , being skillfully proceeded by Álvaro Fernández Armero and turned out to one of the most unusual Spanish thrilling movies of the 2.000s and certainly one of the most unsettling . By that time , there have been realized several Spanish ¨Slashers¨ imitating to ¨Scream¨ saga , such as : ¨School killer¨, ¨Tuno Negro¨, , but ¨El Arte de Morir¨ is the best . His director Alvaro Armero was born in 1969 in Madrid, Spain . He is a good director and writer, expert on comedies and especially known for Todo es Mentira (1994), Salir Pitando , El Juego de Verdad , Nada en la Nevera and Brujas .

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