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Extraterrestrial -- Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams, the one you have just met?

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Nacho Vigalondo (written by)
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Release Date:
23 March 2012 (Spain) See more »
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Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams, the one you have just met? | Add synopsis »
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A juicy, funny, and melancholy infidelity story in the guise of alien invasion See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Julián Villagrán ... Julio

Michelle Jenner ... Julia
Carlos Areces ... Ángel
Raúl Cimas ... Carlos
Miguel Noguera ... Presentador de TV

Directed by
Nacho Vigalondo 
 
Writing credits
Nacho Vigalondo (written by)

Produced by
Belén Atienza .... executive producer
Garrett Basch .... executive producer
Borja Cobeaga .... associate producer
Borja Crespo .... associate producer
Mercedes Gamero .... associate producer
Nahikari Ipiña .... executive producer
Nahikari Ipiña .... producer
Enrique López Lavigne .... executive producer
Koldo Serra .... associate producer
Nacho Vigalondo .... producer
Anthony K. Villanueva .... associate producer
Diana K. Villanueva .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jorge Magaz 
 
Cinematography by
Jon D. Domínguez (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jon D. Domínguez 
 
Art Direction by
Idoia Esteban 
 
Costume Design by
Ana María Holgueras  (as Ana Holgueras)
 
Makeup Department
Paloma Lozano .... hair stylist
Paloma Lozano .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Cormac Regan .... production manager (as Cormac Morales)
Lara Tejela .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Txemi Alonso .... second assistant director
Aitor Basterretxea .... assistant director
Diego Iglesias Posadilla .... additional second assistant director (day player)
 
Art Department
Urko Aguirre .... set dresser
Agustín Borlaf .... set dresser
Rubén Delgado .... property master
Fernando Fernández .... set dresser
Jorge Garrido .... set dresser
Jaime Gartzia .... set dresser
Fernando Macian .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Manuel Carrión .... foley artist
Jaime Fernández .... sound re-recording mixer
Roberto Fernández .... sound editor
Asier Gonzalez .... sound
Ramón Rico .... boom operator
David Rodríguez .... foley mixer
 
Special Effects by
Raúl Romanillos .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Laura Bethencourt .... post-production coordinator
Blas Galera .... smoke artist
Isidro Jiménez .... digital effects supervisor
Javier López Casado .... digital conform editor
Alejandro Pérez Blanco .... visual effects coordinator
Jorge Repiso .... digital compositor
Telson S.L. .... digital FX
Alejandro Treviño .... 3D artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jorge Alvariño .... poster photographer
Jorge Alvariño .... still photographer: specials
Manex Arregui .... electrician
Carlos Balsera .... second assistant camera
Carlos Caba .... second assistant camera
David Coello .... dit wrangler
Gaizko Fanarraga .... camera operator
Eduardo Gonzalez .... electrician
Iñigo Iglesias .... second assistant camera
Ana Álvarez Prada .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Isabel Cano .... post-production commercial
Paulino Fernández Ibáñez .... digital intermediate colorist (as Paulino Ibáñez)
Fran Lorite .... color grading operator
María José Martín .... post-production director
Raquel Martín .... production department director
Carolina Martínez Urbina .... post-production supervisor
Silvia Torralba .... post-production commercial
Carlos Valladares Pérez .... digital mastering
 
Music Department
Iñaki Alonso .... score recording assistant
Carmen González Coco .... Vibraphone performer
Martín J. Guridi .... music editor
Martín J. Guridi .... score mixing engineer
Martín J. Guridi .... score recording engineer
Jorge Magaz .... music composer
Jorge Magaz .... orchestrator
Jorge Magaz .... piano performer
Jorge Magaz .... programming
 
Other crew
Eva Calleja .... press
Renato Castenetto .... second production assistant
Gorka Cornejo .... script supervisor
Josué Corral .... production staff
Eduardo Cossío .... second production assistant
Josué Díez .... second production assistant
Daniela Girod .... production assistant (as Daniela Girod del Río)
Pablo López .... press attache
Rafa Martínez .... trailer supervisor: advertising and promotions
Rodrigo Perea .... second production assistant
Cormac Regan .... location manager (as Cormac Morales)
Ana Álvarez .... second production assistant
 
Thanks
Font García .... thanks
Gorka Lasaosa .... thanks
Inés Mas .... thanks
Beatriz Mayo .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Extraterrestre" - Spain (original title)
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Runtime:
95 min
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Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)
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Nacho Vigalondo revealed in an interview that the main reason why the reason of the UFO is on Earth is never disclosed is because he had no idea why the UFO was on Earth.See more »

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A juicy, funny, and melancholy infidelity story in the guise of alien invasion, 14 November 2014
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Don't you love it when a film can actually sneak up on you and surprise you, genuinely, and reveal itself to be something what is advertised ?In this case, how many alien invasion movies have we had in the past couple of years? The past couple of months even? Nacho Vigalondo's follow-up to his cult-sensation Timecrimes (sadly unseen by me) is a film that is nominally about a spaceship hovers over Madrid. Will it be an action movie, a thriller, something icky or something inquisitive (or all of the above,like in. Prometheus)?

As it turns out, the alien invasion is somewhat of a cover, though not entirely, for what is really one of those often returned to tropes that I love when done right in films— an infidelity drama that spirals out of control. In this case, the film opens on a one-night-stand couple, Julio (Villagran) and Julia (Jenner, ho-ho), who awake a little disorientated, not sure what happened the previous and then notice the streets outside are abandoned and a giant spaceship in the sky. There is also a noisy neighbor, Angel (Areces) and the arrival a short time later of Julia's boyfriend, Carlos (Carlos Cimas), who is a genuinely nice and clueless guy.

The first mistake Julio makes is to let slip to Angel about what happened the night before. After this, the spiral starts: how to not have Angel reveal the truth to Carlos, which involves Julio convincing Carlos that Angel is "one of them," the invading aliens. In what skates the line (like in a lot of the film) between comedy and actual suspense, Julio and Carlos bind and gag Angel (in one of those scenes where none of the characters are sure what to do, but have set the pieces in motion and have to follow them through).

The paranoia continues with Carlos reaching out to confront other "extraterrestrials" that have landed. But this, in turn, leads to more sex between Julio and Julia while Carlos roams the streets. Lies spur on more lies. And then more craziness. And Angel returns. And why should I keep going on? The fun in Extraterrestrial is seeing what these characters will do when someone withholds information that should be trivial in the scope of, say, possible imminent doom.

I've seen the film described in a couple of reviews as a romantic comedy, and it could be to an extent. But for me, its effectiveness is more as a kind of noir-ish story of a couple who shouldn't be lovers but are, and the comedy comes from their surprises and stumbles. However, the plot with Carlos isn't so funny as he becomes a sort of one-man crusader against the invasion that isn't really happening (or is it?).

Vigalondo leads the audience in different directions as to where the story might go, but far from being confused, I was totally engaged. He has a solid sense of direction (how he tracks in and out of rooms at certain moments is psychologically satisfying, and has a touch of Hitchcock to it), and just when you think something might finally give with the Julio/Julia's conflict—to tell or not to tell the truth—the movie takes another turn altogether. And yet there is still some ambiguity (maybe) by the end of it all as to what is really going on, who may or may not be an alien in human disguise.

Among the 2012 summer, overloaded with extraterrestrials and upteenth special effects, Vigalondo made a real sleeper, with unpredictable characters, wonderful performances, and a story that unfolds with real surprise and dramatic/comic consequences.

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