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The Abandoned (2006)

An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.

Director:

Nacho Cerdà

Writers:

Karim Hussain (screenplay), Nacho Cerdà (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Anastasia Hille ... Marie Jones
Karel Roden ... Nicolai
Valentin Ganev ... Andrei Misharin / Kolya Kaidavosky
Paraskeva Djukelova Paraskeva Djukelova ... Marie's Mother
Carlos Reig-Plaza ... Anatoliy
Kalin Arsov ... Bearded Russian Patriarch Man '1966'
Svetlana Smoleva Svetlana Smoleva ... Bearded Patriarch's wife '1966'
Anna Panayotova Anna Panayotova ... Bearded Patriarch's daughter '1966'
Jordanka Angelova Jordanka Angelova ... Blind Woman 'present day'
Valentin Goshev Valentin Goshev ... Patriarch - present day
Jasmina Marinova Jasmina Marinova ... Patriarch's Wife
Monica Baunova Monica Baunova ... Emily
Marta Yaneva Marta Yaneva ... Natalya
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Storyline

In 1966, somewhere in Russia, a wounded woman drives a truck to an isolated farm with two babies. Forty years later, the film producer Marie Jones leaves her daughter in California and travels back to her home land in the wilderness of Russia. Marie is one of the children and had received a phone call from the notary public Andrei Misharin, who told her where the farm of her family is located. Marie arrives at the abandoned house and meets the stranger Nicolai, who tells her that he had also received a call from Misharin and he is her twin brother. Weird things happen in the house and Marie and Nicolai are haunted by zombie-like ghosts of themselves. Further, they find that they are trapped in the house and can not leave the place. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

40 years to learn the truth. 24 hours to survive it. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, some disturbing images, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Spain | UK | Bulgaria

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los abandonados See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$782,000, 25 February 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,255,524, 4 March 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A few weeks before the production started Richard Stanley came in to rewrite the final production draft with director 'Nacho Cerda' because Karim Hussain was in Montreal preparing La belle bête (2006). See more »

Goofs

After Marie rows across the river and starts walking, the boat started to float away. The first shot shows the front of the boat (pointed end) toward Marie, moving backward. The second shot shows the boat moving forward with the rear facing Marie. Then the last shot of the boat shows the front pointing toward Marie again moving backward. See more »

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Features Arachnid (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Russian Sunset
Composed by David Kristian
Performed by David Kristian
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Frightening and Creepy Film of Ghosts, with a Nightmarish Atmosphere but a Dull Story
28 August 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1966, somewhere in Russia, a wounded woman drives a truck to an isolated farm with two babies. Forty years later, the film producer Marie Jones (Anastasia Hille) leaves her daughter in California and travels back to her home land in the wilderness of Russia. Marie is one of the children and had received a phone call from the notary public Andrei Misharin (Valentin Ganev) that had told her where the farm of her family is. Marie arrives in the abandoned house and meets the stranger Nicolai (Karel Roden) that tells her that he had also received a call from Misharin and he is her twin brother. Weird things happen in the house and Marie and Nicolai are haunted by eerie ghosts of themselves. Further, they find that they are trapped in the house and can not leave the place.

"The Abandoned" is a frightening and creepy film of ghosts, with a nightmarish atmosphere but a dull story. The unknown Anastasia Hille has great performance and the cinematography is very dark; but the story is very confused and predictable. Cristopher Smith used in "Triangle" (2009) a similar idea of people trapped in a location that can never leave the cycle. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Abandonados" ("Abandoned")


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