An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.



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Cast overview:
Anastasia Hille ...
Andrei Misharin / Kolya Kaidavosky
Paraskeva Djukelova ...
Kalin Arsov ...
Bearded Russian Patriarch Man '1966'
Svetlana Smoleva ...
Bearded Patriarch's wife '1966'
Anna Panayotova ...
Bearded Patriarch's daughter '1966'
Jordanka Angelova ...
Blind Woman 'present day'
Valentin Goshev ...
Patriarch - present day
Jasmina Marinova ...
Patriarch's Wife
Monica Baunova ...
Marta Yaneva ...


In 1966, somewhere in Russia, a wounded woman drives a truck to an isolated farm with two babies. Forty years later, the film producer Marie Jones leaves her daughter in California and travels back to her home land in the wilderness of Russia. Marie is one of the children and had received a phone call from the notary public Andrei Misharin, who told her where the farm of her family is located. Marie arrives at the abandoned house and meets the stranger Nicolai, who tells her that he had also received a call from Misharin and he is her twin brother. Weird things happen in the house and Marie and Nicolai are haunted by eerie ghosts of themselves. Further, they find that they are trapped in the house and can not leave the place. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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40 years to learn the truth. 24 hours to survive it. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, some disturbing images, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los abandonados  »

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€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$782,000 (USA) (23 February 2007)


$1,255,524 (USA) (2 March 2007)

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Filmax wanted a name actress for the role of Marie and there were some executive negotiations with actresses like Nastassja Kinski and Holly Hunter. Director Nacho Cerdà insisted on an unknown because he wanted to bring more humanity to the character. Cerdà picked up Anastasia Hille after a casting session in London and Filmax finally went with the director's choice. See more »


The initial scenes reveal Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, although the heroine confirms she has arrived in Russia. See more »


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the abandoned is without a doubt one of the most bizarre, beautiful , original and scariest films I have seen in the past few years. I couldn't help but grab onto my seat throughout the entire movie. It's simply unlike anything you have ever seen before. It is a very remarkable film from more than just one viewpoint. In an era where you can only impress young horror fanatics with bucket-loads of blood and gross-out effects, Nacho actually re-teaches his audience that fear is especially caused by suggestion and the absence of explicit images. It is the first intelligent horror film in years, completely relying on atmosphere and eerie set pieces. It's such a relief to finally see a subtle film that is also effective!

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