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Thesis (1996)

Tesis (original title)
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While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

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Alejandro Amenábar (screenplay), Alejandro Amenábar (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Torrent ... Ángela
Fele Martínez ... Chema
Eduardo Noriega ... Bosco Herranz
Xabier Elorriaga ... Castro
Miguel Picazo Miguel Picazo ... Figueroa
Nieves Herranz Nieves Herranz ... Sena
Rosa Campillo Rosa Campillo ... Yolanda
Paco Hernández Paco Hernández ... Padre Angela (as Francisco Hernández)
Rosa Ávila Rosa Ávila ... Madre Angela
Teresa Castanedo Teresa Castanedo ... Presentadora T.V.
José Miguel Caballero José Miguel Caballero ... Conserje Videoteca
Joserra Cadiñanos Joserra Cadiñanos ... Vigilante
Julio Vélez Julio Vélez ... Encargado tren
Pilar Ortega Pilar Ortega ... Encargada C. Ventas
Olga Margallo Olga Margallo ... Vanessa
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Storyline

Why is death and violence so fascinating? Is it morally correct to show violence in movies? If so, is there a limit to what we should show? That's the subject of Ángela's examination paper. She is a young student at a film school in Madrid. Together with the student Chema (who is totally obsessed with violent movies) they find a snuff movie in which a young girl is tortured and killed. Soon they discover that the girl was a former student at their school... Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Me llamo Ángela. Me van a matar. [English Tagline: My name is Angela. They're going to kill me.]


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and perverse violent content, brief strong sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Alejandro Amenábar's directorial film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Angela runs out of Castro's office, a boom mic is reflected in the door, just before he yells to her. See more »

Quotes

Ángela: My name is Angela. They're going to kill me.
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Connections

Referenced in Los Cinéfilos: Realmente amor (2013) See more »

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Máquinas en Celo
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Brilliant, but Blunt
5 December 2000 | by Foggy-7See all my reviews

A brilliant, gritty thriller more in the style of an American film noir than anything else. This film, more a statement on the appeal of violence in the media than anything else, deserves credit for the way it handles the characterisation of Angela, Chema and Bosco. Without giving away too much of the plot, this is a film that is not a mystery, but an indictment of our own human fascination with snuff films and death. The message communicated by the last scene should be as subtle as a full moon, but feels natural.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 April 1996 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR721,214 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,227
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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