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Life is harsh in the biggest city of the world


Credited cast:
Mariannela Cataño Mariannela Cataño ... Magdalena
Guillermo Gil Guillermo Gil ... Luis
Esteban Soberanes Esteban Soberanes ... Carlos
Alejandro Tommasi ... Hantz Huker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gamboa Bernardo Gamboa Bernardo ... Gabriel
Gustavo Campos Gustavo Campos ... Pancho
Alicia Camps Alicia Camps ... Chucha
César Cansdales César Cansdales ... Futbolista
Francisco Casasola Francisco Casasola ... Cantinero
Martha Mariana Castro ... Madre de Magdalena
Jhael Estrada Guzman Jhael Estrada Guzman ... Niña de vecindad 1
Francisco Jiménez Francisco Jiménez ... Flaco
Guillermo D. Magaña Guillermo D. Magaña ... Beto
Tere Monroy Tere Monroy ... Cata
Claudia Ramírez ... Doña Chabe


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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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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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Release Date:

31 August 2007 (Mexico) See more »


Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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