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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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Death never runs out of time. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Spain | UK | Bulgaria

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abandonnée See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,482,000, 19 November 2006

Gross USA:

$1,653,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,529,892
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Runtime:

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 The Beautiful Beast (2006). See more »

Goofs

When Marie and Nicolai enter a room for discussion, she places a box in front of the door after closing it. After the discussion, Nicolai goes to the door and opens it, but the box is not there. See more »

Connections

Features Faust (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sleep of Monsters Breeds Reason
Composed by David Kristian
Performed by David Kristian
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Russia 40 years later
24 February 2007 | by carterkellysoccerSee all my reviews

Taking us back and forth 40 years in Russia and it is obvious not a lot has changed from 1966 up until today, I found this to be an exceptional use of location to create a dark eerie presence and visual display on screen. Director Nacho Cerda got the most out of the 2 lead roles (Anastasia Hille and Karel Roden), I had never seen either one of them and I think they did a reasonably good job working out the kinks of the film. The story is the only thing that really bothered me, I tried to stay with it but honestly there were some times that I did get a little lost but every time I found myself wondering what was going on, the characters answered my questions. I was wondering how Nicolai got to the house and Marie asked him that very question. I thought the movie was well thought out and sound affects and visuals really helped draw you in to the film. A lot of moments that made my wife jump and grab my arm tighter.


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