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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

Writer Karim Hussain said that the film was inspired by obsessions with family and the double aspects of everybody's lives. Also, Hussain based his work on some experiences he lived at his father's farm as a child. See more »

Goofs

After the boat starts to float away, Marie has the gun with her, but the bag was left in the boat. As she's running through the woods, she's shown in various shots and angles, the gun is no longer with her. See more »

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A Circle of Terror
Composed by David Kristian
Performed by David Kristian
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19 November 2006 | by rivertam26See all my reviews

Make no mistake that unlike the previous film The Abandoned is polished, features stunning cinematography and a haunting score. What it doesn't have is any real entertainment value or true sense of logic. The film works best as horrifically beautiful sequences and hauntingly grotesque images. Some of which will be permanantly burned into your psyche. But Nacho Cerdas story of a young woman that returns to her native country to learn about her adopted parents and discovers horrifying truths just really isn't that involving. The film however does feature plenty of symbolism and subtext but feels like it goes on forever and doesn't feel as scary as it should've been. However, this is a respectable horror film the performances are soso and the pacing is off but the film looks gorgeous and works best as a piece of art. Certain scenes should be studied but as a whole just isn't completely successful. But the scenes that are effective and cringe worthy are disturbingly atmospheric and memorable, they just seem to drop the ball halfway through and keep teasing at some sort of payoff that never comes. Nonetheless the film makes for an interesting viewing.


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