Life is harsh in the biggest city of the world


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Credited cast:
Ernesto Yáñez ...
La Marrana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gamboa Bernardo
César Cansdales
Francisco Casasola
Martha Mariana Castro ...
Mariannela Cataño ...
Guillermo Gil ...
Francisco Jiménez
Tere Monroy
Claudia Ramírez ...
Doña Cata
Patricia Rozitchner
Carmen Salinas ...
Doña Lucha
Luis José Sevilla
Esteban Soberanes
Alejandro Tommasi ...


On her 15th birthday, Magdalena - a traumatized girl who has never cried - must make a decision: stay with her beating and alcoholic father Luis, or run away with Carlos, a small time crook who has sexually abused her. Magdalena's story interweaves with Gabriel's story, her older brother, a shy, homosexual adolescent, who works as prostitute in the streets while maintaining a bizarre love relationship with Huker, a police officer following the tracks of Carlos... "Thorns" is a story about violence, drug addiction, prostitution, alcoholism and family disintegration; every day problems of a megalopolis like Mexico City... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Crime





Release Date:

31 August 2007 (Mexico)  »

Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)

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16 : 9
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Filmed in only two weeks. See more »

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Hard film
14 April 2005 | by (Monterrey, Mexico) – See all my reviews

This is not an easy film to sit through. Its violent, harsh and sometimes too real. The characters in this movie are not nice, and their actions are mostly painful to follow. That's probably the only problem I have with this film: this decadent and depressing Mexico has been the focus of many movies, and most of them haven't done a good job, interested more on the shock and the morbid side of things than in telling a good story or exploring important issues. But 'Espinas' manages to avoid dwelling on the decadence and manages to get it's message across.

'Espinas' was a real surprise for me; it's Julio Cesar Estrada's first film, and it was made on a shoestring budget, but the story is solid, it has some great images and the 'guerrilla style' with which it was shot works for the story. It also has some great performances, especially from Guillermo Gil and Magdalena Cataño. The photography by Arturo de la Rosa is beautiful; it really gives Mexico City an eerie and decadent atmosphere that really adds to the story.

'Espinas' will be shown in the festival circuit, and will be distributed by Videocine in Mexico later this year. Go see it if you have the chance.

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