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Thirteen Chimes (2002)

Trece campanadas (original title)
NC-17 | | Thriller | 17 January 2003 (Spain)
Jacobo is a young sculptor that returns to native city, Santiago of Compostela, to see his mother, locked up a psychiatric hospital for to kill to her husband, when he believed she dead ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Mañá ...
Rosa Álvarez ...
Diogo Infante ...
Gonzalo Uriarte ...
David Álvarez ...
Jacobo niño
Ernesto Chao ...
José Luis Ferrer ...
Camarero Pub
Laura Formoso ...
Chica pasti
Manuel Lago García ...
Chico bolas
Yolanda Muiños ...
Mariana Carballal ...
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Jacobo is a young sculptor that returns to native city, Santiago of Compostela, to see his mother, locked up a psychiatric hospital for to kill to her husband, when he believed she dead years ago. To their arrival, visions of Mateo, his dead father eighteen years ago, begin to persecute to him, since his father died by shot gun, peculiarly, when thirteen peals sounded in the cathedral, fact what obsesses to Jacobo. After watching several times, Mateo convinces his son to make the work for the cathedral that his father couldn't finish in life, but what begins as a simple work becomes a madness spiral when Jacobo discovers the true intentions of the ghost of his father: to kill to his son to usurp his body to finish the statue, and after to return to the life. Written by Chockys

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"Trece Campanadas", when translated to English, more properly comes out to "Thirteen Chimes", and thus the international title is perhaps more accurate "When the Bell Chimes 13". See more »


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Underrated Psychological Supernatural Thriller
30 May 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1984, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the boy Jacobo witnesses his mother killing his father, the artist Mateo (Luis Tosar), with a shotgun when the local cathedral sounded thirteen tolls. Eighteen years later, the also artist Jacobo (Juan Diego Botto) returns to his hometown from Buenos Aires answering the call of his childhood friend Maria (Marta Etura) to visit his schizophrenic mother that has been sentenced to a psychiatric hospital for killing her husband. Jacobo believed his mother had died years ago, and he is under medication due to frequent clangs of bell that he hears. Jacobo is advised by his mother to leave the town, and sooner he is haunted by Mateo that wants him to finish his work for the local cathedral.

"Trece Campanadas" is an underrated psychological / supernatural thriller. The story is well constructed and resolved in spite of I have partially guessed the mystery in the middle of the movie; therefore, the director Xavier Villaverde and the writers have successfully accomplished their objective of making a good movie. The unknown (at least for me) Juan Diego Botto and Marta Etura have great performances and show a perfect chemistry and Luis Tosar gives another efficient work. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "13 Badaladas" ("13 Tolls")

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