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Films to Keep You Awake: A Real Friend (2006)

Películas para no dormir: Adivina quién soy (original title)
The lonely Estrella is an intelligent teenager and good student but is outcast in school. She spends most of her time alone in school or at home, reading horror books or watching horror ... See full summary »
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Angela
Nerea Inchausti ...
Estrella
Josep Maria Pou ...
Hombre gordo (as José María Pou)
Aitor Mazo ...
Bubba
Eduard Farelo ...
Vampiro (as Eduardo Farelo)
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Profesor
Roelkis Bueno ...
Oficial joven
Andrés Marí ...
Médico forense
Sandra Aguilera ...
Niña Bolivia
Lolo Herrero ...
Guarda Joven
Daniel Tristany ...
Recepcionista
María Blanco-Fafián ...
Enfermera Joven
Rosa Pastó ...
Marga
Federico Untermann ...
ATS
Flora María Álvaro ...
Señora Playa / Madre Enfermo (as Flora Alvaro)
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The lonely Estrella is an intelligent teenager and good student but is outcast in school. She spends most of her time alone in school or at home, reading horror books or watching horror movies, while her widow mother Angela works as a nurse in a hospital. Her favorite author is Stephen King and her only friends are Leatherface and Vampire. Angela has an unresolved trauma and has kink sex with strangers in the hospital or with the gatekeeper of her building. When a detective meets Angela and tells her that a man that raped her had not died as she thought, the frightening Angela gets Estrella at the bus stop and once at home she prepares a pizza for them. However, Estrella invites her friend Vampire to join them, and when Angela sees her daughter's friend, she feels scary, haunted by her past. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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25 October 2006 (Spain)  »

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Adivinha Quem Sou  »

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Powerful tale that brings horror, emotion and a true tale together splendidly.
18 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Truth be told I stumbled upon this flick by accident. I was bored flicking through my cable channels and thought the description was interesting. I could not have been more surprised at how well executed this movie was. A Real Friend is well written, acted out and directed.

The choices made by the director to focus on the child and slowly bring into focus the monsters and the child's connection and then its strength: was brilliant. The mother's sex drive was odd, but the story in general was a pleasant surprise. Their are some heavy weight monster's on display towards the end, I was thrilled to see it all the elements come together, the mother's sex drive, the father, the monster relationship is was magnificently filmed and written.

I would be remiss if I did not tell you in advance that this is only available with English subtitles, the primary language is Spanish. Works for me since I speak, write and talk it very well.

Final Word If you do not mind subtitles, this is a spectacular movie, which is part of a bigger package: 6 Films to Keep You Awake.


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