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Director:
Writers:
Jordi Galceran (play)
Mateo Gil (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 September 2005 (Spain) See more »
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During IMF & World Bank Summit and demonstrations which upset Madrid, like other capitals, major corporation... See more » | Full synopsis »
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10 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Eduardo Noriega ... Carlos de Aristegui Santos

Najwa Nimri ... Nieves
Eduard Fernández ... Fernando
Pablo Echarri ... Ricardo
Ernesto Alterio ... Enrique
Carmelo Gómez ... Julio

Adriana Ozores ... Ana

Natalia Verbeke ... Montse
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Directed by
Marcelo Piñeyro 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jordi Galceran  play
Mateo Gil  screenplay
Marcelo Piñeyro  screenplay

Produced by
Ricardo García Arrojo .... executive producer
Gerardo Herrero .... producer
Francisco Ramos .... producer
Alicia Tellería .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Frédéric Bégin 
Phil Electric 
 
Cinematography by
Alfredo Mayo 
 
Film Editing by
Iván Aledo 
 
Production Design by
Verónica Toledo 
 
Costume Design by
Verónica Toledo 
 
Makeup Department
Imma Pérez .... hair stylist
José Quetglás .... hair stylist
José Quetglás .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ion Collar .... third assistant director
David Pareja .... second assistant director
Javier Petit .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
José Luis Moya .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Polo Aledo .... sound
Nicolas de Poulpiquet .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Eduardo Esquide .... sound
Carlos Garrido .... sound re-recording mixer
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Visual Effects by
Pablo Gil Agero .... visual effects artist
Óscar Perea Marcos .... visual effects
Antonio Ramos .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Teresa Benitez .... video assist
Daniel Federico Fernández .... camera operator
David Fernández .... first assistant camera
Iñigo Olea .... first assistant camera
Ricardo Rodríguez .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amaya Arzuaga .... wardrobe
Armand Basi .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
María Carrera .... production coordinator
Miguel Cohan .... assistant to director
François Vila .... press agent
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El método" - Argentina (original title)
"The Grönholm Method" - International (English title) (festival title)
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115 min
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Goofs:
Continuity: When Julio ask others if they have the same message in their computer screens, they answer no. In the next take its clearly seen that the message appears in all computer screens.See more »
Quotes:
Fernando:How long will that smile last before it becomes a grimace?See more »
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
intriguing one-set drama, 17 November 2007
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

In the tradition of "No Exit" and "Twelve Angry Men," "The Method" gathers a small group of people into a single room to observe what happens when they are forced to spend an inordinate amount of time together, essentially cut off from the outside world. (The movie throws in elements from such wide-ranging and eclectic sources as "And Then There Were None," "1984," "To Tell the Truth" and "Survivor" as well).

Seven high-powered job applicants, all vying for a single position in a prestigious company, arrive at a high rise office building in downtown Madrid. As a part of the selection process, the seven are immediately put into a room and subjected to a battery of bizarre psychological tests designed to pit the applicants against one another until only one of them - the default "winner" and future employee - is left.

Predictably, the stress of the ordeal brings out the worst in the applicants, leading to personal betrayals, the exposing of secrets, and a cutthroat jockeying for power. Part of the fun of the movie is in seeing just how long it takes for the veneer of civilized behavior to be stripped away, exposing the ruthless animalistic nature within. For this is how the natural law of "survival of the fittest" is played out in the modern world - no longer with clubs, bows and arrows, but with duplicity, deviousness and carefully chosen words.

However, the individuals are not the only ones to come under the scathing censure of the filmmakers. The movie also attacks the Big Brother aspects of corporations in their insistence on total allegiance to the company in exchange for "job security" and their willingness to drain their employees of their humanity to secure that allegiance. Yet just outside this bleak, stark and sterile office building, where "civilized" people are subtlety tearing each other apart for corporate advancement, masses of people are marching in protest against the World Bank and the IMF who are holding a conference in the city.

Mateo Gil and Marcelo Pineyro have written a sharp, thoughtful screenplay that gets to the heart of the human condition, while, as a director, Pineyro manages to keep the action fluid despite the single-set restriction of the conceit (the film has been derived from the play by Jordi Calceran). The acting is uniformly excellent with each performer given his or her moment to shine as well as the chance to be an indispensable part of an extraordinary acting ensemble.

"The Method" may be derivative of other works at times, but the view of human nature it reveals to us is often unnerving and chilling in its honesty and precision.

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