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After her son goes missing, a broken mother returns months later to the island of El Hierro to identify a body. She finds out her son is not the only one missing.



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After her son goes missing, a broken mother returns months later to the island of El Hierro to identify a body. She finds out her son is not the only one missing.

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Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Agnoeitai  »

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€2,300,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The seaport where the two friends say goodbye is not the one at El Hierro. The producers chose instead to film the scene in Agaete seaport, Gran Canaria (a completely different island to the East), due to the overwhelming feeling the hight cliffs and steep mountains in the background provide, in line with the film's desolate atmosphere. The actual port at El Hierro would have disrupted that feeling, being more populated and placed in an area of gentle slopes. See more »


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Stunning and gripping mystery movie that contains over-the-top performance by Elena Anaya , engrossing drama and puzzled intrigue
18 August 2016 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Mystery|Thriller with plenty of tension , suspense , nightmares , and strange happenings . It packs a very good cast giving perfect interpretation and being elegantly directed by Gabe Ibáñez at his best . It deals with a mother called María (Elena Anaya) and her child Diego aboard a ferry to visit island El Hierro , located in Canary Islands . The bereaved woman sleeps and when awakens to find that Diego is gone . After she lost track of her son on the ferry she looks in the water . The woman reports that her young son is missing and police carries out a real search . She is certain that someone on board has taken him and that someone with the ship is also involved in his disappearance . After her son goes missing , the broken mother returns months later to the island of El Hierro to identify a body . The unsettling mother finds out her son is not the only one missing , but there seems to be no evidence . The very concerned mother has a lot of territory to cover in order to find her son . But as Maria suffers an overwhelming as well as upsetting feeling , she fights to discern the truth , that's why she takes matters into her own hands . Will Maria find her child or will she start to accept the truth? . No one admitted while the clock is ticking! .

Suspenseful film that will have you on the edge of your seat until an amazing finale . Intriguing film is packed with thrills , suspense , plot twists , and results to be quite entertaining . Stirring as well as exciting yarn displays intense drama , emotion , suspense , puzzled events , twists and turns . This is a suspenseful flick that really thrills . The moving atmosphere and perverse intrigue enhance as well as the protagonist investigates the rare events . From start to finish the intrigue and thrilling scenes are continuous till a striking ending . The picture develops a desolate atmosphere and a colorful but threatening ambient in the background , including overwhelming high cliffs and steep mountains . The film follows the wake from classic films , such as ¨Bunny Lake is missing¨ (1965) by Otto Preminger with Carol Linley and , recently , ¨Flightplan¨ (2005) by Robert Schwentke with Jodie Foster in a similar role to Elena Anaya . Javier Gullón 's script -along with uncredited Jesús De la Vega , whose story is based on- is plenty of enjoyable incidentals and interesting events one time the child vanishes . Screenplay does something strange by the weird end : it actually removes the stakes of everything that came before with its surprising revelation that had been built up by that point about the strange missing .

Evocative and adequate photography in brilliant color by professional cinematographer Alejandro Martinez . Shot on location in Hierro , the Atlantic island of Hierro is the smallest of the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Africa under the jurisdiction of Spain . However , some scenes the producers chose instead to film the images in Agaete seaport , Gran Canaria . Atmospheric and appropriate musical score by composer Zacarias De La Riva , full of intriguing sounds and thrilling environment . This engrossing , riveting picture was effective and compellingly directed by Gabe Ibáñez who was an animator by trade before moving into film direction . Gabe considers to be one of the greatest achievements of his career and being his first film ; formerly making various shorts . In 1992 , he joined the field of digital post production , where he worked as 3D artist and visual effects supervisor in film and advertising for 8 years . Gabe is an expert on the study and development of computer generated image , this is very well showed in his last film : ¨Automat¨ with Antonio Banderas . Since 2000, he has worked as commercial director , and in 2001, he founded User T38, a company dedicated to digital preproduction and post production . In 2006 , he directed his first short film ¨Máquina¨ or ¨machine¨ that was awarded Clermont Ferrand's Special Jury Award in 2007 . In 2008 he directed this his first feature film, ¨Hierro¨ , released in the International Critic's Week at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 . And , subsequently , ¨Automat¨ , a superior science-fiction movie that will appeal to cinema buffs and interested in to watch an example of the kind of work filmmaker Gabe Ibañez . ¨Hierro¨ results to be one good film . Rating : Better than average . Worthwhile watching .

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