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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

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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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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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

Ángela: My name is Angela. They're going to kill me.
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Referenced in Los Cinéfilos: Realmente amor (2013) See more »

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Máquinas en Celo
Written by Ingresó Cadáver
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Terrifying And Intelligent!

"Tesis" is not only a tantalizing Horror Thriller, but is also an intelligent study of people's fascination with death and the imagery of death. Several movies about the topic of snuff films have come up in the last several years (8 MM, for example), this one is definitely the best.

Angela is a young woman who is writing a thesis on violence in the media, in order to get her degree in communication science. Doing research, she gets to know Chema, a fellow student who is obsessed with violent movies. Angela finds a snuff video of a girl tortured to death, Chema recognizes the girl as a former student from their school, who disappeared several years ago. Angela and Chema get themselves into great danger, trying to find out who killed the girl.

Thrilling from the first to the last minute, and sometimes quite shocking and disturbing, "Tesis" is a movie that will definitely not disappoint you if you're looking for suspense. But not only is the movie thrilling and entertaining it also makes some very interesting points in the questions why people are fascinated with death and violence, what the effects of fascination with violence are and how media are dealing with it. I'll never forget the beginning of the movie, when a suicide occurs in the Madrid subway and Angela, although she doesn't want to be 'fascinated with violence', can't help but try to get a look at the dead body.

The acting in the movie is very good, specially Ana Torrent as Angela and Fele Martínez as Chema. A good cinematography supports the suspense and the thrilling atmosphere. Alejandro Amenábar did a great job writing and directing this movie, one of the most thrilling of the 90's. A great horror thriller, researching people's fascination with violence and death, 'Tesis' is disturbing, terrifying and intelligent! 8 out of 10!


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