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Director:
Writers:
Jaume Balagueró (screenplay) and
Alberto Marini (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 August 2006 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
El piso ideal... para sufrir tu peor pesadilla. (The perfect flat... to suffer your worst nightmare.)
Plot:
Mario and his pregnant girlfriend Clara are trying to find in a short period a new apartment to live... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Does really well with what it's able to do even if the narrative and its logic unravel towards the end. See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Macarena Gómez ... Clara
Nuria González ... Portera

Adrià Collado ... Mario
Ruth Díaz ... Chica
Roberto Romero ... Hijo Portera
David Sandanya ... Niño
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julieta Marocco
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Directed by
Jaume Balagueró 
 
Writing credits
Jaume Balagueró (screenplay) and
Alberto Marini (screenplay)

Produced by
Álvaro Augustín .... producer
Carlos Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... producer
Santiago Gimeno .... executive producer
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador .... executive producer
Aitor Montánchez .... executive producer
Goretti Pagès .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Roque Baños 
Mariano Marín 
 
Cinematography by
Pablo Rosso 
 
Film Editing by
Frank Gutiérrez  (as Fran Gutiérrez)
 
Art Direction by
Alain Bainée 
 
Set Decoration by
Marina Pozanco 
 
Costume Design by
Núria Cardoner 
 
Makeup Department
Mariona Trias Campana .... makeup artist (as Mariona Trias)
Imma Pérez .... hair stylist
José Quetglás .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Laia Gómez .... production assistant
Bernat Rifé .... assistant production manager
Marta Sánchez .... production manager
Félix Rodríguez .... post-production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pepo Alba .... second assistant director
Inés Lugo .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Chan Canelo .... painter
Jun Matsuura .... storyboard artist
Marina Pozanco .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Rubén Carregal .... foley editor
Rubén Carregal .... foley recordist
Manuel Carrión .... sound effects editor
Iñaki Díez .... boom operator
Dani Fontrodona .... sound
Oriol Tarragó .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
David Ambit .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Sergio Garcia Abad .... senior cgi artist
Úrsula García .... visual effects producer
Pablo Hernández-Meléndez .... senior cgi artist
Laura Maynadé .... digital intermediate coordinator
Inma Nadela .... digital compositor
Guillermo Orbe .... digital compositor
Thorsten Rienth .... digital compositor
Rubén Sanz .... visual effects line producer
Rafa Solorzano .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Chuck Torres .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Águeda Balogh .... second assistant camera
José Luis Bernal .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jordi Florensa .... focus puller: second unit
Lia Giralt .... electrician
Froilán Lugilde .... electrician
Xavier Sarasa .... gaffer
Ramón Sánchez .... steadicam
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Cruz .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Sandra Picher .... post-production coordinator
Laura Sánchez .... film scanner (as Laura Sanchez)
 
Other crew
Eduardo Albaladejo .... management of rights: Filmax Entertainment
Vicente Canales .... head of sales
Joan Coll .... production assistant
Pol Gutiérrez .... production runner
Helena Moreno Núñez .... development executive
Anna Oms .... documentation
Martin Samper .... making-of
Elena Serra .... development executive
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Películas para no dormir: Para entrar a vivir" - Spain (original title)
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Runtime:
68 min
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Clara works at St. Jaume Hospital. The director's first name is Jaume.See more »
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9 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Does really well with what it's able to do even if the narrative and its logic unravel towards the end., 14 May 2008
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

It won't keep you awake but it won't exactly send you to sleep, either.

'To Let' is a creepy and unnerving Spanish horror that, to my bemusement upon looking it up after seeing it, was made for television. This works with and against the film: the fact it was made for TV means it will have been produced with the conformities associated with television, namely time limit which is a shame because if the film had been starched out a little further, I feel it would have been a lot better. The film clocks in at just over an hour but what an hour you get – there will be suspense, an atmosphere, dread and plenty of nasty little scenes to keep you occupied.

But then again I'm going to go back to the constraints that keep the film from being great. Because of the limitations faced with this made for TV production, the film must treat its subject matter like a sprint more-so than a marathon and that means instead of establishing the couple at the beginning, we begin with them in a car going to the apartment – it would also eliminate the flashbacks included half way through which, to me, felt a little out of place. Again, the constraints work against the brilliant idea. There are scenes in the film in which the little old lady who runs the apartment acts in a caring and, to her, natural manner. The scene in which she helps the female of the dreaded couple cook a meal for the injured other half feels all over the place because this landlady is supposed to be the antagonist of the story and to have her flash between good and natural and evil and nasty is a little frustrating due to the character's inconsistency.

But rather than go on about what I would have liked to have seen had the film been longer, I will say that the film works overall as the piece that it is. The idea is excellent and the film captures its own premise brilliantly by utilising its location of an apartment building. I've been to Spain twice in the last two and a half years and on both occasions I stayed in an apartment building run by a landlady – eerie as it sounds. But the large, marble walls that greet you when you enter and surround you unless you are in your respective room work really well here. So do the open, echoing corridors and staircases that just add menace to the situation and location. So the apartment location works wonderfully well here and credit to the director for capturing a location that resembles a real life locale so much, because I've been there and stayed in two respective apartment buildings in the Mediterranean region and I can tell you; just the 'look' and 'feeling' of being there is captured 100%.

So along with these ideas of getting right the setting and most of the other aspects of mise-en-scene, To Let is not just let down by its shortish runtime. But then again, perhaps it is because the logistical flaws that begin to creep in toward the end can only really be put down to its short run time: the film is a sprint, not a marathon and thus must round things off quickly by speeding up its plot points and revelations. There are times in the film when you think the characters will either be smarter or more bloodthirsty. I'm going to reference another 2006 horror film similar to this one; Eli Roth's first Hostel attempt. When Paxton finds himself in the situation he's in when the film enters its final third, he knows its kill or be killed and as a result shoots and chops his way out of trouble - he has gone from 'innocent', fun-loving young adult to killer and that's exactly what I would have expected in this film.

The truth is the characters of Mario (Collado) and his twin-protagonist girlfriend are still just too nice to strike out. Mario cannot attack the old woman with a mêlée weapon in the kitchen soon enough and when Mario's other half and another captive are in an elevator trying to escape, the land lady's face comes right up to a grill: the hostages have a sharp knife at their disposal and will win the battle if they had just used it right there. By this point, and especially when another character whom we thought was a captive but is actually on the landlady's side is released, the couple at the start are not smart enough or fit enough to survive and it's a shame that their idiocy sees them come so close to loosing out in the end.

Twinned with this, the music playing throughout sounds like it's from some 1950s, American sci-fi B-movie and it is difficult to get your head around the fact that the antagonist is, after all, a little old lady who I doubt would put up much of a fight if properly challenged. This made me wonder during the film: what if the landlady was actually a male? The film would've been much more savage since it is the girlfriend who is chased and humiliated for most of the early exchanges and there could've been some great scenes where the landlord is fought, beaten but then is strong enough to get back up again and continue the chase. Still, with a longer time allowance; more money and bigger exposure I guess anything is possible.

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