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Oriol Paulo (screenplay) and
Lara Sendim (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 December 2012 (Spain) See more »
Hitchcock-style psychological thriller. See more »
A detective searches for the body of a femme fatale which has gone missing from a morgue. | Full synopsis »
1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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Excellent Thriller with a Memorable Twist at the End See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order)

José Coronado ... Jaime Peña (as Jose Coronado)

Hugo Silva ... Álex Ulloa

Belén Rueda ... Mayka Villaverde

Aura Garrido ... Carla
Miquel Gelabert ... Vigilante Ángel Torres

Juan Pablo Shuk ... Agente Pablo
Oriol Vila ... Agente Mateos
Carlota Olcina ... Erica Ulloa
Patrícia Bargalló ... Agente Norma
Mia Esteve ... Luna Villaverde
Sílvia Aranda ... Ruth (as Silvia Aranda)
Manel Dueso ... Agente Carlos
Pere Brasó ... Agente 3
Albert López-Murtra ... Agente 4 (as Albert López Murtra)
Paco Moreno ... Agente Científica
Aida Oset ... Enfermera UCI
Jordi Planas ... Oficial UCI
Aina Planas ... Eva
Bert Palmen ... Hombre restaurante Arabesco
Camilo García ... Agente de transporte
Cristina Plazas ... Dra. Tapia
Montse Guallar ... Gloria Villaverde

Nausicaa Bonnín ... Patricia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jordi R. Bobet ... Doble (also archive footage)
Joaquín Oristrell ... Cura (uncredited)

Directed by
Oriol Paulo 
Writing credits
Oriol Paulo (screenplay) and
Lara Sendim (screenplay)

Produced by
Mercedes Gamero .... producer
Mikel Lejarza .... producer
Reyes Matabuena .... line producer
Joaquín Padró .... producer
Laura Rubirola .... associate producer: Rodar y Rodar
Oriol Sala-Patau .... delegate producer: Televisió de Catalunya, S.A.
Mar Targarona .... producer
José Torrescusa .... executive producer: Antena 3 Films (as Pepe Torrescusa)
Original Music by
Sergio Moure  (as Sergio Moure de Oteyza)
Cinematography by
Oscar Faura  (as Óscar Faura)
Film Editing by
Joan Manel Vilaseca 
Casting by
Andrés Cuenca 
Tonucha Vidal 
Production Design by
Balter Gallart 
Art Direction by
Dídac Bono 
Set Decoration by
Nuria Muni 
Costume Design by
Maria Reyes 
Makeup Department
Caitlin Acheson .... makeup artist
Mara Collazo .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mariano Liwski .... post-production supervisor
Albert Roca .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albert Auladell .... third assistant director
Víctor Cuadrado .... second assistant director
Daniela Forn .... first assistant director
Olga Pujalte .... second assistant director
Marc Rial .... third assistant director
Anna Rua .... second assistant director
Art Department
Alexis Fibla .... storyboard artist
Joxean Goya .... set dresser
Carlos Grané .... set dresser
Albert Rodríguez Modolell .... storyboard artist (as Albert Rodriguez)
Florian Müller .... illustrator
Juanjo Tejero .... shooting prop master
Sound Department
Marc Bech .... sound effects editor
Marc Bech .... sound effects recordist
Biel Cabré .... boom operator
David Calleja .... sound re-recording mixer
Manuel Carrión .... foley artist
Laura Díez Mora .... dialogue editor (as Laura Díez)
Kévin Feildel .... french dubbing editor (as Feildel Kévin)
Pol Fernández .... sound assistant
Óscar Grau .... sound mixer (second unit)
Albert Manera .... sound mixer
Josep Prieto .... sound recordist
James A. Puig .... dolby atmos consultant (as Jaume Puig)
Oriol Tarragó .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Josep Claret .... special effects
Jordi Morera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Raquel Munuera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Lluís Rivera .... special effects coordinator
Marcos Sagasta .... special effects crew: DDT SFX
Sergi Subirà .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Eloi Bartolomé .... digital compositor
Lluís Castells .... visual effects supervisor
Berta Coderch .... visual effects coordinator
Javier García .... visual effects artist
Alvaro Gasco .... CGI artist
Daniel López-Izquierdo .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Igor Andrés .... video assist
Miquel Auguet .... second assistant camera
Sergi Bartrolí .... director of photography: second unit
Eduardo Bonilla .... gaffer
Óscar Cano .... additional grip
Javier González Leonardo .... key grip
Celine Gravez .... second assistant camera
José Haro .... photographer: specials
Guillem Huertas .... first assistant camera
José Ángel Manrique .... grip
Sergio Morilla .... lighting technician
Xavier Méndez .... bestboy
Mery Padín .... electrician
Ana Portela Rodríguez .... additional electrician
Hiram Ríos .... steadicam assistant
Eric Solé .... additional electrician
Ramón Sánchez .... steadicam operator
Marc Vives .... electrician
Quim Vives .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Izquierdo .... set costumer
Anna Pons .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Quique Cañadas .... digital intermediate colorist
Lydia Cudney .... assistant editor
David Cárceles .... post operations manager
Victor Martos .... color timer
Nacho Melero .... digital intermediate supervisor
Jorge Ortiz Yus .... telecine colorist
Laura Sánchez .... digital intermediate coordinator (as Laura Sanchez)
Music Department
Vladislav Boyadjiev .... second music engineer
Roberto Herrador .... music editor
Sergio Moure .... orchestrator
Alfons Reverté .... conductor
Alejandro Román .... orchestrator
Olga Santos .... music recording assistant
José Vinader .... score recording & mixing
Other crew
Glòria Blanes .... script supervisor
Marta del Río .... production assistant
Sofía Fábregas .... development executive
Jaume Jordana .... location manager
Cris Lafront .... production assistant
Enric Llopis .... production accountant
Pablo López .... community manager
Rafa Martínez .... marketing and creative services
Melina Matthews .... production coordinator: Equipo Rodar y Rodar
Noemi Oliete .... production coordinator
Anna Vilà .... script supervisor
Marçal Molina Andreu .... background extra (uncredited)
Maria Cervera .... thanks
Guillem Morales .... the director wishes to thank
Joaquín Oristrell .... thanks (as Joaquim Oristrell)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El cuerpo" - Spain (original title)
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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Continuity: At the beginning of the movie, while Carla is fixing a drink for herself and Alex, a straw appears in one of the drinks between shots.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tenemos de todo (2013)See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Thriller with a Memorable Twist at the End, 6 October 2014
Author: l_rawjalaurence from London

THE BODY (EL CUERPO) is one of those thrillers that grips you at the beginning and never lets go till the very end. The plot is straightforward: Álex Ulloa (Hugo Silva) has suffered a sudden bereavement, as his wife Mayka (Belén Rueda) has died of a heart attack. The corpse has been taken to the morgue without a postmortem, but has mysteriously disappeared. The morgue security- guard Torres (Miquel Gelabert) has been scared out of his wits - so much so that he runs out of the building and is knocked down by a car. Inspector Jaime Peña (José Coronado) investigates the crime, but finds the task difficult as he is still plagued by the memory of his wife's death a decade earlier in a hit-and-run accident. Sometimes his emotions get the better of him.

Set largely in and around the morgue, Oriol Paulo's film is a masterpiece of modern film noir, complete with dark shadows, long tracking shots down corridors, and point-of-view shots where we share the protagonists' uncertainties about what is going on. To complicate the plot still further, he introduces flashbacks into the past lives of Jamie and Álex, to show how the past exerts an almost paralyzing influence over the present.

The action takes place one dark night, where the rain pours down outside, confining all the characters to the claustrophobic space of the morgue. Within that space, Jaime apparently tries his best to tease out the truth of the crime, but Álex keeps resisting him. On the other hand, Álex tries to communicate with his girlfriend Carla (Aura Garrido), in an attempt to elope with her, but finds his endeavors continually frustrated by circumstances. Neither he nor Jaime can apparently obtain what they want. In this disordered environment, the logic of cause and effect has been deliberately disrupted.

As the action unfolds, so director Paulo further complicates the action by introducing sequence that represent projections of the protagonists' imagination; in other words, putting their assumptions on screen. This further complicates our comprehension of the plot; we have no idea how to separate 'truth' from 'fiction'. This confusion makes the dénouement all the more shocking.

Brilliantly performed, with Coronado giving a quite outstanding performance as the guilt-ridden inspector, THE BODY deserves to be considered a modern classic.

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