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


Laura Mañá


Fernando de Felipe (screenplay), Laura Mañá (with the collaboration of) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Darío Grandinetti ... Ramón (as Dario Grandinetti)
Goya Toledo ... Laura
Fernando Guillén ... Espinosa (as Fernando Guillen)
Eric Bonicatto Eric Bonicatto ... Sánchez
Blanca Apilánez Blanca Apilánez ... Poli 1 (as Blanca Apilanez)
Alex Brull ... Agente 1
Mariona Perrier Mariona Perrier ... Madre de Ramón
Alexis Hill Alexis Hill ... Alumno con Problemas
Àngels Sirvent Àngels Sirvent ... Señora Jauregui (as Angels Sirvent)
Susana Querol Susana Querol ... Abogada (Laura)
Mikele Mikele ... Abogado (Ramón)
Arturo Matamoros Arturo Matamoros ... Juez
Germán José Germán José ... Agente Ascensor
Robert Forcadell Robert Forcadell ... Inspector Ascensor


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 realizes 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 Amazon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


El juego más inocente puede convertirse en el más peligroso... (The most innocent game can become the most dangerous...)


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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[first lines]
Ramón: September 19th, 1997. Hello! First I ought to say a little about myself. I'm forty-two years old, I've lived a very normal life. My childhood and adolescence were uneventful. I was a brilliant student, and I grew up in a perfectly normal family. My father died five years ago, a year after my wedding. He had Alzheimer's, a nasty disease. My mother is still alive. I married a girl who was... normal. We separated after 19 months. I can't say exactly why we separated, but the truth is ...
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You Don't Love Me
Written by Lloyd C. Glenn, Don Albert and Louis Cottrell (as Louis A. Cottrell)
EMI Catalogue Partnership/EMI Unart Catalog Inc/EMI Songs España, Srl
from the album "Because of You"
Performed by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Spain) S.A.
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Excellent mind game thriller
7 March 2010 | by SoulAnalystSee all my reviews

I've just finished watching "Palabras encadenadas" and WOW...

Script, direction, acting - everything is perfect. I usually notice a lot of faults and holes in the (especially) story and acting but not in this film.

The story is very coherent, well written, exciting, thrilling and non-predicable. As you watch the film you learn about the characters, bit by bit. At the end we have nicely circled and developed characters and the story itself.

Performance of Dario Grandinetti playing Ramon gave me chills and not just chills... I felt like a puppet - like the film is pulling my emotions and mind all over the place. The story just sucks you in.

Btw, this is not fast film, nor action film, nor bloody film so if you prefer fast car scenes or Tarantino-ish quasi scary scenes etc. this is not it.

This is psychological thriller and I recommend that you watch it.

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Release Date:

30 April 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Killing Words See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain


Box Office


EUR1,900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


(Fantasy Film Fest)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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