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Colonia (2015)

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A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.
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Daniel
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Paul Schäfer
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Gisela
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Ursel
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Roman
August Zirner ...
German Ambassador
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Niels Biedermann
Nicolás Barsoff ...
Jorge
Steve Karier ...
Bernd
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Rudi
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Colonia Doctor
Johannes Allmayer ...
Dieter
Gilles Soeder ...
Kurt

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Lena and Daniel, a young couple become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet's secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Based on true events. Written by Producer

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Rated R for language and some violence/torture | See all certifications »

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15 April 2016 (USA)  »

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Colonia Dignidad - Es gibt kein Zurück  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Emma Watson visited Villa Baviera (former Colonia Dignidad) in September 2014. Though the media initially thought she was on vacation, they later found she was doing research for her role. See more »

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Outside the fence, there's a sign that reads "Keep out". In a country such as Chile, the inscription would be written either bilingual or even solely in Spanish. See more »

Quotes

Paul Schäfer: [Everything under God's sun is good for something]
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Soundtracks

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
Performed by Gütersloh Boys Choir
Composed by Thomas Koschat
Written by James Montgomery
Arranged by Lindy Kerby
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What an intense adventure!
22 April 2016 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film tells the story of two German citizens who are in Chile under Pinochet dictatorship. They get locked up in a camp of a religious sect, and get mistreated, abused and tortured.

The story is super engaging, keeping me glued to the screen from start to finish! I applaud Lena's courage to go into the camp just to see her boyfriend, though it can also be argued that it is the silliest thing to do. It shows that love is blind, and rational decision is clouded by love. The conditions in the camp is horrible, made worse by the wicked headmaster who wrongly uses religion to control and abuse people. There is one scene that vaguely suggests sexual abuse, but it is so vague that I had doubts until the words appear at the end of the film.

The ending is super intense. I find myself grabbing onto my chair, leaning forward and simply hoping that things will work out. The desperation of the characters transmit through the screen to me, and I just hope so sincerely that they will make it.

I didn't expect such an intense adventure. I enjoyed watching 'Colonial" thoroughly.


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