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Cast

Credited cast:
Ernesto Yáñez Ernesto Yáñez ... La Marrana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gamboa Bernardo Gamboa Bernardo
César Cansdales César Cansdales
Francisco Casasola Francisco Casasola
Martha Mariana Castro ... Rebeca
Mariannela Cataño Mariannela Cataño ... Magdalena
Guillermo Gil Guillermo Gil ... Luis
Francisco Jiménez Francisco Jiménez
Tere Monroy Tere Monroy
Claudia Ramírez Claudia Ramírez ... Doña Cata
Patricia Rozitchner Patricia Rozitchner
Carmen Salinas ... Doña Lucha
Luis José Sevilla Luis José Sevilla ... Fito
Esteban Soberanes Esteban Soberanes
Alejandro Tommasi ... Huker
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Storyline

On her 15th birthday, Magdalena - a traumatized girl who has never cried - must make a decision: stay with her beating and alcoholic father Luis, or run away with Carlos, a small time crook who has sexually abused her. Magdalena's story interweaves with Gabriel's story, her older brother, a shy, homosexual adolescent, who works as prostitute in the streets while maintaining a bizarre love relationship with Huker, a police officer following the tracks of Carlos... "Thorns" is a story about violence, drug addiction, prostitution, alcoholism and family disintegration; every day problems of a megalopolis like Mexico City... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

31 August 2007 (Mexico) See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Fidecine,Hilo Negro Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Hard film
14 April 2005 | by El_ChangoSee all my reviews

This is not an easy film to sit through. Its violent, harsh and sometimes too real. The characters in this movie are not nice, and their actions are mostly painful to follow. That's probably the only problem I have with this film: this decadent and depressing Mexico has been the focus of many movies, and most of them haven't done a good job, interested more on the shock and the morbid side of things than in telling a good story or exploring important issues. But 'Espinas' manages to avoid dwelling on the decadence and manages to get it's message across.

'Espinas' was a real surprise for me; it's Julio Cesar Estrada's first film, and it was made on a shoestring budget, but the story is solid, it has some great images and the 'guerrilla style' with which it was shot works for the story. It also has some great performances, especially from Guillermo Gil and Magdalena Cataño. The photography by Arturo de la Rosa is beautiful; it really gives Mexico City an eerie and decadent atmosphere that really adds to the story.

'Espinas' will be shown in the festival circuit, and will be distributed by Videocine in Mexico later this year. Go see it if you have the chance.


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