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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

Cast overview:
Anastasia Hille ...
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Andrei Misharin / Kolya Kaidavosky
Paraskeva Djukelova ...
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Anatoliy
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 ...
Emily
Marta Yaneva ...
Natalya
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Storyline

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 that had told her where the farm of her family is. Marie arrives in the abandoned house and meets the stranger Nicolai that 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 »


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

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

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

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Truly frightening and original!
21 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nacho Cerda's first feature length film is a true masterpiece. Definitely one of the most frightening films I have seen in years, thanks in part to great writing, acting, sound, cinematography, and a menacing electronic soundtrack by David Kristian, who IMHO is the future of horror film music. Anyone who has already seen Cerda's previous efforts will know what I am talking about when I say he is a master at creating repulsively beautiful images that stay with you long after the film is over. Cerda doesn't pull any punches, whether he's aiming at your gut or at your brain. Forget what you think you know about ghost stories, The Abandoned makes movies like An American Haunting and other recent supernatural flicks seem like kiddie fare. Thank you Mr. Cerda, thank you!


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