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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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Details

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:

EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$817,000, 25 February 2007

Gross USA:

$1,653,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,529,892
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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

When we see the family around the table in the opening scene, the daughter crossed herself with her left hand. See more »

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Surfacing
Composed by David Kristian
Performed by David Kristian
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Somethings are better left in the past and forgotten
4 November 2011 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

This movie is a horror movie where the cinematography and the eerie atmosphere is what carries this movie most of the way through. There is however few plot holes and stuff that happens that doesn't make any sense sometimes. Everything seems dreamlike which is sort of a positive because I liked the vibe in this film. But there are just a lot of unanswered questions which is fine in some cases, but the movie comes off a bit too vague. It has few explanations in the dialogue but the premise isn't all that clear. Especially when it comes to the supernatural stuff your just going to have to go with it. There is some coincidences but it just doesn't make much sense as well sometimes. Also what is this supernatural stuff that is haunting them and the situation they are in isn't developed very well either. It just seems everything is happening is all a dream which works in some parts but falters in others. Even at the end your left with a bunch of questions like if this really happened or if it's a dream. This movie reminded me of the video games "Silent Hill" and could have been is decent adaptation if the stuff that is happening is explained a bit more and if there were a bit of other elements added into the movie. This is a horror movie with some creepy atmosphere but just doesn't have a plot that is developed very well, but the twists was decent at times. There is also some scary parts here and there that has a bit of tension in it and can also be haunting at times as well. For anyone that likes horror movies or like the feeling of being scared just might enjoy this flick.

6.8/10


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