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Palabras encadenadas (2003)

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A mild-mannered psychopath plays mind-games with a woman he has tied to a chair in his basement.

Director:

Laura Mañá

Writers:

Jordi Galceran (play), Laura Mañá | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Darío Grandinetti ... Ramón Diaz
Goya Toledo ... Laura Galán
Fernando Guillén ... Comisario Espinosa
Eric Bonicatto Eric Bonicatto ... Inspector Sánchez
Alex Brull ... Policia
Mariona Perrier Mariona Perrier ... Madre de Ramón
Alexis Hill Alexis Hill ... Alumno con problemas
Àngels Sirvent Àngels Sirvent ... Señora Jauregui
Susana Querol Susana Querol ... Abogada
Mikele Mikele ... Abogado
Arturo Matamoros Arturo Matamoros ... Juez
Germán José Germán José ... Agente ascencor
Robert Forcadell Robert Forcadell ... Inspector ascencor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blanca Apilánez Blanca Apilánez ... Poli 1
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Locked in a dark basement, Laura, a psychiatrist in her early thirties, contemplates in horror a video where a man confesses to be a serial killer. His name is Ramón, an apparently normal man in his forties, who seems to be quite harmless. Gagged and bound to a chair, Laura realises that it's the same person who kidnapped her and who is now pacing in the shadows. Ramón continues to speak as he turns off the television. He walks over to her, takes off the gag and challenges Laura to play the "Word Game". If she wins, she gets to go free, but if she loses, he'll poke out her eye. Laura is terrified, but reluctantly accepts. The game begins. Laura makes a mistake. Ramón menacingly moves towards her. Laura's screams are useless. Written by Niz

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El juego más inocente puede convertirse en el más peligroso...

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Quotes

Laura: I can't help you, Ramon!
Ramón: You have no choise!
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You don't love me
Written by Lloyd C. Glenn, Don Albert and Louis A. Cottrell
Performed by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
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wow....smart
26 March 2005 | by cocoshellSee all my reviews

If you get a chance make sure to pick up this small gem from a Spanish actress turned director Laura Mana. This movie is rather obscure and not that well known over here in America as some other titles made in Spain so it might take some time and luck to find it. But once you do, get ready for one of the best thrillers of the last couple of years. This is an example of great film making, a flick made with a low budget and only small number of actors. But oh boy, some fine ones. That especially goes to Dario Grandinetti in a role of a serial killer suspect. The only thing he admits of doing is an abduction of his ex-wife, as revenge of her lies in their divorce case...Is there any more to it? The game of cat and mouse has begun. Not to spoil the fun and give away too much all I'll say is : don't point your finger until the very end. In difference to the majority of newer US thrillers the script is superb without any plot holes and the story is sharp and witty. Mana treats the audience as people who know how to think, rather than serving every single little detail on a plate. Everything is there, you just have to find it. Original, intelligent, twisted and somber, even funny at moments - this is a film that has it all and I can only hope it will not get a Hollywood remake, Palabras Encadenas is perfect as it is. Believe me in that :)


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

30 April 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Igra reči See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$188,500
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Filmax See more »
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(Fantasy Film Fest)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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