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The Backwoods (2006)

Bosque de sombras (original title)
An English couple's holiday in Spain is interrupted when they discover a girl imprisoned in a cabin.


Koldo Serra


Jon Sagalá (screenplay), Koldo Serra (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Gary Oldman ... Paul
Virginie Ledoyen ... Lucy
Paddy Considine ... Norman
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Isabel (as Aitana Sánchez Gijón)
Jon Ariño Jon Ariño ... Lechón
Kandido Uranga ... Miguel (as Kándido Uranga)
Andrés Gertrúdix ... Antonio (as Andrés Gertrudix)
Álex Angulo ... José Andrés
Savitri Ceballos Savitri Ceballos ... José Andrés' daughter
Patxi Bisquert ... José Luis
José Andrés Zalguegui José Andrés Zalguegui ... Bartender (as José A. Zalduegui)
Ramón Churruca Ramón Churruca ... Ignacio
Isabel Jiménez Isabel Jiménez ... Waitress
Yaiza Esteve ... Nerea, The Child


Ledoyen and Considine play a young married couple at the end of the 1970s, who come to visit a friend (Oldman) who now lives in the Basque region because he has married a woman from there (Sánchez-Gijón). Their tranquil summer turns to horror when they discover a girl with horribly mutilated hands in the forest. They try to help her by taking her away from the home in which she is locked, but the local villagers, who have to protect the girl, start a pursuit in the forest they know much better than the visitors. Written by Press Release

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There are hunters and prey...that's the only truth in this world. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


R | See all certifications »

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Lluís Homar's name appears in opening credits and in the promo posters but is missing in the ending credits. See more »


When Paul is out with the villagers, back at the house Norman, Lucy and Isabel do not hear the practice shots Paul and the others take on a clear day. Yet later in a torrential downpour, having walked miles farther towards the nearest town, the trio hear the distant single shot when Paco kills Paul. See more »


Paul: There are hunters and prey, Norman. It's the only fucking truth in this world.
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Featured in Nubes y claros - Rodando 'Bosque de sombras' (2007) See more »


There is a war
Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
Taken from the Album 'New Skin for the old Ceremony'
Courtesy of Sony HNG Music, Canada
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RURAL Spanish Gothic
13 November 2007 | by roko-7See all my reviews

A movie dealing with outsiders stuck out in an inhospitable bucolic nightmare. Definitely a paced and concentrated mix of tension and violence.Hostility sticks out all over this film and the performances are superb. This is a well worked trope but it doesn't matter. Highly recommended if you are keen on things like HAUTE TENSION, WOLF CREEK , SHY PEOPLE or DELIVERANCE. Gary Oldman,who has a great track record and versatility not matched does a grand job here.Probably one of his best roles to date. The villains are a sinister bunch of hill-folk,hints are made in reference to inbreeding and unspeakable acts but all is understated.A climate of violence prevails but does not descend into cartoon-like nonsense ala Tarantino(not knocking Mr T.). Rural Spanish Gothic.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 February 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Navarra, Spain See more »


Box Office


EUR3,600,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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