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Thirteen Chimes (2002)
"Trece campanadas" (original title)

NC-17  |   |  Thriller  |  17 January 2003 (Spain)
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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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The language spoken is Spanish with a Castillian dialect, but doesn't have a overly strong accent. (For instance, much of Pan's Labyrinth (2006) was thicker). See more »


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Mental Goosebumps
26 March 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I'm not the one to go and watch scary movies. I bought this title on the internet and the synopsis did not tell anything about the anguish that runs throughout the story. It only told about a young artist that goes back home to see his mother who is in a mental health hospital, and back there he has to tackle unresolved questions about his childhood. If I had read about what the unresolved questions were about, and how Jacobo tackled them I would have not bought this movie, and it would have been a pity.

I liked this movie a lot. It was written so well you don't understand if Jacobo's father is really there hurting his son or not until the very end of the movie, you just see the escalating fear, anger and pain in Jacobo's face as in Marìa's eyes as a reflex. The physical violent scenes, which have to be present in thrillers, are not too many and are scattered throughout the movie to help in reaching the climax of the action and they are not too scary. It's the mental status of the two main characters that frightens the viewer. The cathedral's setting adds to it and, also, the weather which is mainly dark and raining as to stress on the fact that Jacobo as big black clouds filling his mind.

I think that this movie, which is not related so much to Spain as a cultural region, might be of interest to a wide audience.The setting might have been any cathedral in the western world, and the story theme is universal: how and if an abused child can grow up and move past a devastating mental illness. And, it's a great movie about friendship and love, as well. Marìa risks a lot to help Jacopo. She quits an affair with a well known and stable psychiatrist and she goes against her mom's advice not to get involved because those who have been hurt often hurt others as hurt is the only thing they know .

Both Marta Etura and Juan Diego Botto were great, but Luis Tosar was astonishing. He could look tender and caring and a few moments after he was looking so frightening and mean.

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