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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.

Director:

Koldo Serra

Writers:

Jon Sagalá (screenplay), Koldo Serra (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gary Oldman ... Paul
Virginie Ledoyen ... Lucy
Paddy Considine ... Norman
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Isabel
Lluís Homar ... Paco
Jon Ariño Jon Ariño ... Lechón
Álex Angulo ... José Andrés
Kandido Uranga ... Miguel (as Kándido Uranga)
Andrés Gertrúdix ... Antonio
Patxi Bisquert ... José Luis
Savitri Ceballos Savitri Ceballos ... José Andrés' Daughter
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
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Where the hunter becomes the hunted. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Spain | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 February 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Backwoods See more »

Filming Locations:

Navarra, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,913
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gary Oldman, Paddy Considine and Virginie Ledoyen were dubbed for the Spanish version of the film. The scenes where the characters had whole scenes with English dialog were all dubbed. Only when the characters spoke in English with the Spanish characters, the dubbing actors said their lines in English. 'Aitana Sánchez-Gijon' dubbed herself. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Norman: I'm just trying to think!
Paul: Don't think! Let me think for both of us!
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Connections

References Little House on the Prairie (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

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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My respects to Gary Oldman
11 January 2011 | by piry12See all my reviews

For speaking Spanish, a great effort, and a good performance. He is a very versatile actor. I, too, thought that the creepy factor of the movie was going to rest on the child and her situation but I found that the fear was instilled by putting these men in a foreign town and in a situation out of control.

The movie opens with a song about "war" and I think this feeling predominated in the movie. I also found creepy the transformation of the more docile character (Paul's friend)

I also found that although the movie repeated some stereotypes from other scary movies, it was done in a sober manner. The performances (of the men specially) were good and credible. Maybe we were expecting a more "chilling" movie, but I took it for what it seems to be: a war among men, natives and foreigners, the primal versus a more civilized attitude but at the end: all primal.


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