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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...

Writers:

Alejandro Amenábar (screenplay), Alejandro Amenábar (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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.]


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

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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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Budget:

€721,214 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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In Angela's room you can see a poster of the movie "My Own Private Idaho". See more »

Goofs

At 54 min the door Chema is trying to break into has the handle on the left hand side. However, when he opens the door and we see him from the inside, the handle has switched to the opposite side. See more »

Quotes

Bosco: What color are my eyes?
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Connections

References Shocker (1989) See more »

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Máquinas en Celo
Written by Ingresó Cadáver
Performed by Ingresó Cadáver
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Bone-chilling film with gory killings, tension and top-notch direction
3 June 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This suspenseful movie concerns about Angela(Ana Torrent), she's an university student at a journalism university in Madrid. She comes across a snuff movie that shows a girl being tortured and killed. She befriends Chema(Fele Martinez), a young completely obsessed with violent films. They find out that the girl was an university at their school and her former fiancé named Bosco(Eduardo Noriega) holds a camera similar to the snuff's shooting. They early discover the killing was actually filmed on campus.

The motion picture displays genuine chills, suspense, mystery and dark atmosphere with a shocker finale . Packs excellent creation of tension, thriller, terror , emotions and brief gore. It's an exciting, bizarre film; skillfully proceeded by Alejandro Amenabar and turns out to one of the most unusual Spaniard horror movie ever made and certainly one of the most unsettling. Plenty of shocks, the eerie images deliver the exciting united a creepy score by Amenabar, also screenwriter, along with Mateo Gil, of the thrilling plot. Intelligent edition, special use of murky sets and slick utilization of shock images make this one, a magnificent terror film. Gloomy and sombre cinematography by Hans Burman which heightens the suspense. The picture is well directed by Amenabar in his first movie. After he achieved various hits, such as : 'Open your ears, The others and Mar adentro' . Rating : Better than average.


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