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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

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Where the hunter becomes the hunted. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


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 »


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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References Straw Dogs (1971) 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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There are hunters and prey, Norman. That's the only f*cking truth in this world.
18 January 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Compared to Straw Dogs or Deliverance, this thriller set in the Basque region of Spain adds that local charm that makes it worth watching.

It features Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Harry Potter) and Virginie Ledoyen (8 Women, The Valet), and that's reason enough to watch. Add Aitana Sánchez-Gijón (The Machinist, The Whore and the Whale) and Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz), and you should have a great movie. There are other very good actors (Lluís Homar, Andrés Gertrúdix, Álex Angulo) familiar to those who watch Spanish movies, and they add immensely to the pleasure.

They find a little girl (Yaiza Esteve) locked in a cabin in the woods with lobster claw syndrome. They take her to help and immediately enrage the locals.

During the hunt for the girl, one of the locals decides he wants some time with Ledoyen, but he didn't count on Norman (Considine) possessing some cajones. He couldn't shoot a rabbit, but you don't mess with his wife.

A lot died before the chase through the woods was over.

Featuring the great music of Leonard Cohen.

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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