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Release Date:
24 September 2006 (Brazil) See more »
There are hunters and prey...that's the only truth in this world.
An English couple's holiday in Spain is interrupted when they discover a girl imprisoned in a cabin. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Gary Oldman ... Paul

Virginie Ledoyen ... Lucy

Paddy Considine ... Norman

Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Isabel
Jon Ariño ... Lechón

Lluís Homar ... Paco
Kandido Uranga ... Miguel (as Kándido Uranga)
Álex Angulo ... José Andrés
Savitri Ceballos ... José Andrés' Daughter
Patxi Bisquert ... José Luis
José Andrés Zalguegui ... Bartender (as José A. Zalduegui)
Ramón Churruca ... Ignacio
Isabel Jiménez ... Camarera
Yaiza Esteve ... Nerea, The Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrés Gertrúdix ... Antonio

Directed by
Koldo Serra 
Writing credits
Jon Sagalá (screenplay) &
Koldo Serra (screenplay)

Produced by
Guadalupe Balaguer Trelles .... associate producer: Monfort Producciones (as Guadalupe Balaguer)
Guillaume Benski .... co-producer
Guillaume Benski .... executive producer
Guillaume Benski .... producer: Divine Productions
Gavin Emerson .... co-producer
Carlos Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... producer
Teresa Gefaell .... associate producer: Filmax
Aitor Lizarralde .... co-producer
Aitor Lizarralde .... producer: Videntia Frames Producciones
Pablo Mehler .... co-producer
Pablo Mehler .... executive producer
Pablo Mehler .... producer: Divine Productions
Iker Monfort .... executive producer
Iker Monfort .... producer
Iker Monfort .... producer: Monfort Producciones
Elvira Morales Sales .... associate producer: Monfort Producciones (as Elvira Morales)
Antonia Nava .... co-executive producer
Aintzane Pérez de Palomar .... associate producer: ETB
Aintzane Pérez de Palomar .... co-producer (as Aintzane Pérez)
Ander Sistiaga .... line producer
Jolyon Symonds .... co-producer
Douglas Urbanski .... executive producer
Santi Uriarte .... associate producer: ETB
Original Music by
Fernando Velázquez 
Cinematography by
Unax Mendia (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Javier Ruiz Caldera 
Casting by
Andrea Clark 
Jeremy Zimmermann  (as Jeremy Zimmerman)
Art Direction by
Juanjo Gracia 
Mario Suances 
Set Decoration by
Mikel López 
Costume Design by
Josune Lasa 
Makeup Department
Óscar del Monte .... special makeup artist
Nacho Díaz .... special makeup artist
Katy Fray .... makeup artist
Katy Fray .... makeup designer
Daniel Izar de la Fuente .... special makeup artist (as Daniel Izar)
Yuraima Morcillo .... hairdresser assistant
Yuraima Morcillo .... makeup assistant
Jean-Jacques Puchu .... hairdresser
Production Management
Eduard Aguiló .... post-production supervisor
Teresa Gefaell .... production supervisor: Filmax
Mikel Huércanos .... unit production manager
Jesús L. Pérez Villar .... post-production director (as Jesús Pérez Villar)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfonso Nogueroles .... third assistant director
José Ramón Otegui .... second assistant director
Walter Prieto .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ander Armendariz .... art department assistant
Ángel Armenteros .... painter
Eriz Arostegui .... construction assistant
Mónica Ausín .... props master
Eneko Añorga .... construction assistant
Pedro Castelo .... art department assistant
Lorna Gotlib .... art director assistant
Iñaki Iriondo .... construction manager
Jon Lorente .... construction assistant
Christina Peláez .... art department assistant
Koldo Serra .... storyboard artist
Haitz Urdangarín .... construction assistant
Sergio Vadillo .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Spencer Eagles .... sound recordist
Spencer Eagles .... sound
Eduardo G. Castro .... assistant sound editor
Raúl Marsal .... re-recording mixer assistant: Soundtrack (as Raul Marsal)
Julien Martin .... foley recordist
Andrew Morris .... boom swinger
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
Aitor Ortiz .... cable man
Marc Orts .... sound mixer
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... sound editor
David Sans .... technical supervisor: Soundtrack
Special Effects by
Anthony S. Ciccarelli .... special effects technician (as Antoni Ciccarelli)
Pau Costa .... special effects technician
Javier Jal .... special effects technician
Javier H. Moneo .... special effects technician (as Javier Hernández)
Visual Effects by
Pepe Cruz .... digital visual effects coordinator: Kinema Postproducción
Ricardo G. Elipe .... visual effects supervisor: Kinema Postproducción
Alberto Esteban .... digital visual effects producer: Kinema Postproducción
Javier Hernanz Zajara .... system administrator: Kinema Postproducción (as Javier Hernanz)
Javier Mosqueda .... digital color grading: Kinema Postproducción
Víctor Poch .... digital color grading: Kinema Postproducción
Chema Remacha .... digital visual effects producer: Kinema Postproducción
Iñigo Remacha .... operator: flame and shake, Kinema Postproducción
Javier Santaella Garrigues .... operator: flame and shake, Kinema Postproducción (as Javier Santaella)
Pablo Urrutia .... visual effects supervisor: Kinema Postproducción
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Abajo .... additional electrician
David Acereto .... camera operator: "a" camera
Iván Apalategui .... electrician
Ricardo Aranburu .... electrician (as Ricardo Aramburu)
Eva Aycart .... camera loader
Iñigo Bach .... key grip
Tucker Davila Wood .... epk (as Tucker Dávila Wood)
Elías Fernández .... gaffer
Alberto García Casado .... electrician
Elena González .... additional electrician
José Haro .... still photographer
Iker Ibarluzea .... grip assistant
Alberto Martinez .... second assistant camera (as Alberto Martínez)
Josu Martínez .... epk
Itziar Montiaga .... steadicam operator (as Iciar Montega)
Ernesto Núñez .... electrician
Aitor Olarra .... additional electrician
Gorka Rotaetxe .... steadicam operator
Kike Santiago .... playback operator
Enrique Santiago Silguero .... video assist
Juanjo Sánchez .... steadicam operator
Rachid Talid .... steadicam operator
Xavier Urretavizcaya .... electrician (as Xabier Urretabizcaia)
Marc Vigil .... epk
Manuel Álvarez .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mónica Cristofoletti .... wardrobe assistant (as Mónica Cristofoletty)
Estíbaliz Gabilondo .... wardrobe department intern
Teresa Mora .... wardrobe assistant
Gemma Rodríguez .... wardrobe department intern
Editorial Department
Félix Bueno .... post-production assistant
Felisa Catalinas .... post-production coordinator: Technicolor Madrid
David Collados .... negative cutter: Technicolor Madrid
Álex de Molina .... post-production assistant
Noemí Dulau .... effects film scanner: Technicolor Madrid (as Noemi Dulau)
Giorgio Giordano .... technical director: Technicolor Madrid
Daniel González .... color grader: Technicolor Madrid
Florencia Handler .... effects film scanner: Technicolor Madrid
Carlos Martínez .... laboratory: filming, Technicolor Madrid
Carmen Mesa .... negative cutter: Technicolor Madrid
Marisa Mohedano .... producer: Technicolor Madrid
Pilar Rodriguez .... negative cutter: Technicolor Madrid (as Pilar Rodríguez)
María Jesús Sánchez .... negative cutter: Technicolor Madrid (as María Jesús Sánchez-Morate)
Jan Vilanova .... assistant editor
George Koran .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Julie Andrews .... musician
Nicholas Bucknall .... musician
Simon Chamberlain .... musician
Errandu .... musician: trikitixa
Eneko Espino .... musician: pandeiro
Andrew Findon .... musician (as Andy Findon)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Skaila Kanga .... musician
Helen Keen .... musician
Peter Lale .... musician
Martin Loveday .... musician
Harkaitz Martínez .... musician: txalaparta
Perry Montague-Masson .... musician
Oreka TX .... musician: txalaparta
Igor Otxoa .... musician: txalaparta
Anthony Pike .... musician
Juan Antonio Ros .... music engineer (as Juanan Ros)
Juan Antonio Ros .... music recording engineer (as Juanan Ros)
Juan Antonio Ros .... music recordist (as Juanan Ros)
Alex Ruíz de Azua .... musician: whistle, harmonica
Mary Scully .... musician
Leila Stacey .... assistant orchestra contractor
Michael Thompson .... musician (as Mike Thompson)
Fernando Velázquez .... musician: Spanish guitar
Fernando Velázquez .... orchestra conductor
Richard Watkins .... musician
Bruce White .... viola
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader
Transportation Department
Julio Alonso .... driver: shooting vehicles
Pablo Arroyo .... coordinator: shooting vehicles
Juan José Burguera .... driver: art department vehicle
Alberto Casado .... generator driver
Other crew
Arkaitz Aguado .... location security
Andoni Aguirre .... stand-in: rain effect
Oier Aguirre .... location security
Eduardo Albaladejo .... management of rights: Filmax Entertainment
Enrique Altuna .... production cashier
Amalan .... caterer
Jordi Aragay .... accounting coordinator: Castelao Productions
Mari Arnedo .... production assistant
Xabier Arrillaga .... location security
Gorka Askasibar .... additional production assistant
Aitor Barros .... location security
Iker Bereziartua .... production intern
Leire Bernabé .... production secretary
Luján Blanco .... additional production assistant
Mary Brites .... production controller: Castelao Productions
José María Camacho .... floor runner
Vicente Canales .... head of sales
Basia Dereszewska .... production coordinator: Holy Cow Films
Fabio Diéguez .... animal trainer coordinator
Fabio Diéguez .... animal wrangler (as Fabio Dieguez)
Nuria Domínguez .... script
Ingy Fillion .... production assistant: Divine Productions
Alexander García .... location security (as Alex García)
Alexander García .... production crew (as Alex García)
Teresa García .... production assistant
Tania Gauder .... legal affairs
François Georges-Picot .... assistant: legal affairs
Peru Herrero .... production intern
Mikel Huércanos .... location manager
Amaya Iribar .... dialogue coach
Meritxell Juncosa .... production coordinator: Soundtrack
Pablo Larumbe .... stand-in: rain effect
Miriam Manzano .... production intern
Alberto Marini .... script consultant
Moira McMillan .... legal affairs
Yulene Monfort .... accountant: Videntia Frames Producciones (as Yulene Monfort Pineda)
Manuel Monzón .... development executive
Helena Moreno Núñez .... development executive (as Helena Moreno)
Antonio Morán .... animal wrangler
Victoria Musiedlak .... production assistant: Divine Productions
Iñigo Olondris .... location security
Aritz Ormazabal .... location security
Maria Parrón .... head of business and legal affairs
Walter Prieto .... provider: walkie-talkies
Ana Rubio .... production coordinator: Monfort Producciones
Martin Samper .... making-of crew coordinator
Martin Samper .... marketing and promotion
Jon Sangroniz .... production intern
Félix Sepúlveda .... armorer: Magnum 44
Elena Serra .... development executive
Koldo Serra .... website designer (as Dr. Phibes)
Elisa Sirvent .... production coordinator: Castelao Productions
Elise Toledo .... production intern
Jorge Tuca .... head of development
German Valledor .... production intern (as Germán Valledor)
Manel Vicaria .... press and promotion
Manuel Yebra .... assistant to co-executive producer
Mikel Clemente .... the director wishes to thank
Borja Cobeaga .... the director wishes to thank
Borja Crespo .... the director wishes to thank
Nahikari Ipiña .... the director wishes to thank
Josu Martínez .... the director wishes to thank
Jon Sagalá .... the director wishes to thank
Manolo Solo .... the director wishes to thank
Patxi Urkijo .... the director wishes to thank (as Don Patxi Urkijo)
Nacho Vigalondo .... the director wishes to thank
Marc Vigil .... the director wishes to thank

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bosque de sombras" - France (original title)
"Spiral Violence" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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97 min
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Did You Know?

Gary Oldman, Paddy Considine and Virginie Ledoyen were dubbed for the Spanish version of the film. The scenes where the characters had whole scenes with English dialog were all dubbed. Only when the characters spoke in English with the Spanish characters, the dubbing actors said their lines in English. 'Aitana Sánchez-Gijon' dubbed herself.See more »
Norman:I'm just trying to think!
Paul:Don't think! Let me think for both of us!
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Movie Connections:
References Straw Dogs (1971)See more »
There is a warSee more »


Is this film an unofficial remake of Straw Dogs because of every scene being an uncredited rewrite of every scene in the film mentioned?
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63 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
Poor writing and directing, 28 June 2006
Author: parcmonceau from Corsica

I saw the director's short film which was not good but at least interesting and much better than this full-length movie "Bosque de sombras". Gary Oldman is obviously the only star in this movie but contrary to what the other reviewer said, I believed the Spanish cast was good. It was interesting to hear Gary Oldman speak some Spanish and I give this movie 3 stars because of Aitana Sanchez-Gijon and him.

Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, who is an excellent Spanish actress that I last watched in "The Machinist" with Christian Bale and was also in other English language movies like "A Walk in the clouds" plays Gary Oldman's wife. She can express mystery and emotion without saying any dialogue. I think she is one of the best but underrated Spanish actresses today. Lluís Homar was brilliant, in my opinion, and also the little girl.

I was mixed about Paddy Considine. I think he is a good actor but next to Gary Oldman, he was less interesting. In "Cinderella man" with Russel Crowe, he was excellent and also in "In America," but in this movie, he was only interesting when he was not in a scene with Gary Oldman but in scenes with the other actors, he steals every scene. I think that shows how strong Gary Oldman is that brilliant actors like Considine seem to fade next to him.

This movie is the first English language movie for Virginie Ledoyen since "The Beach" and I think it is fair to say that she will always be known as the girl from "The Beach" because she is a bland and boring actress. Even in french films she is dull because she lacks the range that other actresses her age have. In this movie, she is not at all convincing as her character. She "acts" better in her 30-second adverts for L'Oréal.

The biggest problem of this movie is the writing and the directing. Serra and his co-writer lack the skill in writing a coherent and original scénario. Stealing from other movies was a bad idea. There should have been more development in this to make it a real movie. Also, Serra uses the camera techniques of 70's directors which is OK at first but when he does this all the time it is distracting and does not serve any purpose except style. We all know it is set in the 70's but the directing should always be related to the story because style is cheap and easy and anyone who works only on style with no script should just direct commercials and music videos. Skip this movie and rent "Straw dogs" instead.

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