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Chaotic Ana -- When a free-spirited 18 year old artist sets out to discover her past lives through hypnosis, she has to break free from the chain of ancestral violence that lingers in her chaotic soul.


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24 August 2007 (Spain) See more »
A countdown, 10, 9, 8, 7... until 0, like in hypnosis, through which Ana proves that she does not live alone. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Manuela Vellés ... Ana

Charlotte Rampling ... Justine

Bebe ... Linda (as Bebe Rebolledo)
Nicolas Cazalé ... Said

Asier Newman ... Anglo
Matthias Habich ... Klaus

Lluís Homar ... Ismael

Gerrit Graham ... Míster Halcón
Raúl Peña ... Lucas

Giacomo Gonnella ... Guardaespaldas
Leslie Charles ... Jovoskaya
Juanma Lara ... Dueño
Diego Molero ... Adiestrador
Angel Facio ... San Juan (as Ángel Faccio)
Antonio Vega ... Himself
Gloria De Miguel ... Anciana India
Patricia Arredondo ... Mujer Mexicana
Rafael Pérez ... Hombre Mexicano
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rikar Gil

Hugo Catalán ... Camarero (uncredited)
Laura De Pedro ... Girl at Party (uncredited)

Sue Flack ... Tourist (uncredited)
Filippo Morelli ... (uncredited)
José Antonio Romero ... Discotequero (uncredited)

Sybelle Silverphoenix ... NYC Pedestrian (uncredited)

Directed by
Julio Medem 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Julio Medem 

Produced by
Simón de Santiago .... executive producer
Enrique López Lavigne .... executive producer
Julio Medem .... executive producer
Koldo Zuazua .... executive producer
Sebastián Álvarez .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jocelyn Pook 
Cinematography by
Mario Montero 
Film Editing by
Julio Medem 
Casting by
Sara Bilbatua  (as Sara Bilbatúa)
Art Direction by
Montse Sanz 
Costume Design by
Estíbaliz Markiegi 
Makeup Department
Rodolfo Dellibarda .... special makeup effects artist
Pedro Raúl de Diego .... special makeup effects artist
Arancha González .... special makeup effects artist
Ana López-Puigcerver .... makeup designer (as Ana López Puigcerver)
Sergio Pérez .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mari Arnedo .... production manager
Izaskun Montilla .... assistant production manager
Jeff Stolow .... unit production manager
Koldo Zuazua .... production leader
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maria Sanz Esteve .... third assistant director
Sara Mazkiaran .... assistant director
Mónica Sánchez .... second assistant director
Jacob Santana .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Kote Camacho .... storyboard artist
Vicent Díaz .... set designer
Paula González Molinero .... art department assistant
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Iñaki Rubio .... props buyer
José Luis Saldaña .... painter
Sound Department
Polo Aledo .... sound editor
Tomás Erice .... boom operator
Patrick Ghislain .... foley mixer
Iván Marín .... sound recordist
Daniel Peña .... foley editor
David Rodríguez .... adr recordist
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Roberto Herrador .... sound edit intern (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Sonsoles Aranguren .... digital compositor
Juan Ignacio Cabrera .... digital compositor
Ramón Cervera .... digital compositor
Eduardo Cestari .... digital compositor
Daniel de Madrid .... digital compositor
Blas Galera .... digital conform editor
Tote González .... visual effects
Isidro Jiménez .... digital compositor
Ezequiel Larrú .... digital effects artist
Javier Martínez Calvo .... graphic designer
Javier Martínez Pacín .... digital effects artist
Marcos Onaindia .... visual effects supervisor
Miguel Pablos .... digital compositor
Gabriel G. Roy .... digital compositor
Telson S.L. .... digital post production & effects
Jaime Suárez .... graphic designer
Erasmo Torallas .... visual effects artist
Pablo Casillas .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Blanca Anunzibay .... assistant camera
Javier Arrontes .... focus puller
Juan Carlos Moreno .... key grip
Richard J. Cottrell .... Steadicam operator
Miguel Ángel Cárdenas .... gaffer
Alberto García Casado .... electrician
Diego López Calvin .... still photographer
Juanjo Sánchez .... steadicam operator
Fernando Vázquez Gondar .... electrician
Animation Department
Kote Camacho .... animation director
Oliver Sala .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mónica G. Lancha .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Isabel Cano .... post-production coordinator
Nuria López .... post-production coordinator
María José Martín .... post-production director
Ximo Michavila .... digital film colorist
Verónica Pérez .... scanning and film recording
Music Department
Avshalom Caspi .... music co-producer
Miguel d'Oliveira .... music programmer
Terry Davies .... conductor
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
Other crew
Patricia Alcolea .... production assistant
Manuel Calvo .... production assistant
Rosa García Merino .... publicity director
Rosa García .... head of promotion
Abi Jackson .... location assistant: New York
Javier Martínez Calvo .... titles designer
Ana Medem .... art works
Izaskun Montilla .... production assistant
François Vila .... press agent
Sue Flack .... thanks
Ara Katz .... special thanks
Ana Medem .... dedicatee
Filippo Morelli .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Caótica Ana" - Spain (original title)
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118 min
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María Valverde was long time attached to the leading role of this film, but some differences arose between her and director Julio Medem, and she left the project. This is a matter the actress has refused to comment on in several interviews.See more »
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11 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A movie that will leave you wanting to leave the movie theater, 2 November 2008
Author: eyal philippsborn ( from jerusalem, israel

You know how sometimes a movie really reminds you of another movie you saw, not because of obvious reasons such as plot similarities, duplicated characters, suspiciously identical quotes etc. but because of another reason, a little less evident but existent nonetheless. I associate Chaotic Ana with "Stealing Beauty", a romantic drama by Bernardo Bertolucci that made Liv Tyler a household name. seemingly one has to be slightly hallucinated to associate Stealing Beauty with a fantasy/occult movie and like I said earlier, the reason is subtle but it still exists. Ana (the mind-blowingly beautiful Manuela Vellés in a good performance) is a painter who lives with her father in a cave (seriously, an actual cave) when one day, she is spotted by an artists' patron (Charlotte Rampling ) who immediately identifies her talent and asks her to join the artists greenhouse she runs in Madrid. Ana who is very close to her father is a little reluctant at first but ultimately decides to cultivate her passion for art, preferably in a modern day dwelling. Ana is acquainted with other artists that share her artistic vision and propensity to avoid coherent statements (I will elaborate about that later on) but one man draws her attention, Said (pronounced Sa-Id), an enigmatic painter who grew up in a rural area of a north African, trauma ridden, country. How he got from there to the artists' house is anyone's guess. Ana and Said fall in love and conduct a passionate and highly explicit romance. One day, though, Said disappears for no reason. At the same time, Ana discovers that her dreamless sleep and peculiar visions originate in a startling fact in her past. To avoid spoilers, I will not elaborate too much on that fact but like I stated earlier, this movie deals with the occult so if you hate the sixth sense because you're too old to believe in ghosts, this movie is probably not your cup of truffles-juice (no tea in this movie, it's way too normal to be consumed)

Ana, aided with the French patron and an American "occult professional" (Asier Newman Who unfortunately, struggled too much with his coarse Spanish to give a good performance), decides to search her destiny in light of these revelations. These revelations are abundant with cultural references, Flashbacks, scenery shots etc. but they all lack one crucial ingredient- sense.

Sense is usually a missing ingredient in the films that deal with the occult but the sense I refer to is not the fact oriented sense. It's the sense of the characters state of mind and disposition that makes them genuine. The endless theories about the nature of men and women might seem offensive to some or ridiculous to others but to me they seem the clear cut symptom of the film's artificiality. Hearing the characters lay out their philosophies, listening to them converse, and watching them react to certain situations, make you wonder in what bizarro world this code of conduct is considered common or even acceptable. And if that's not sufficient enough to depreciate the film's cinematic worth, the blunt and redundant sex scenes as well as the stereotypical background stories deteriorate the film to good guys/bad guys dichotomy usually common in Road runner cartoons. By "stereotypical stories" I mean the stories that are too clichéd and metaphorical to be authentic, for example: Said that was abducted from his family by soldiers, Ana's friend, Linda that was abandoned by her father, the encounter American official who "made" the war (no, I don't know what that means either) and the list goes on and on.

I feel a bit reluctant to criticize a film that was made from such a personal and painful viewpoint (the director made this movie in his deceased sister's memory and incorporated her paintings throughout the film). I can't think of a more difficult task to translate personal loss to the big screen. I have no knowledge or skill to determine whether the character of Ana is based on Hulio Medem's deceased sister but I can say with a great deal of confidence that the world depicted in this movie doesn't fit to the planet we all live in.

If you recall (which I doubt it), I mentioned that this film reminded me of Stealing beauty, Liv Tyler's big breakthrough. That film was highly acclaimed at the time so I rushed to see it and ended up bitterly disappointed. I believe that many critics who wrote in glowing terms of Stealing beauty's behalf, spent the movie mesmerized by Liv's infinite charm and sex appeal and overlooked the film's overall qualities. Manuela Vellés has the same undefinable quality and I can only assume her name will be known to many in the future.

Hopefully in more coherent films.

4 out of 10 in my FilmOmeter.

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