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The Dark Hour (2006)

La hora fría (original title)
The eight year old boy Jesús has been living in a crumbling underground facility since he was born with eight survivors of an apocalyptic war: the leader Maria and her lover Pablo; the gays... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Silke ... María
Omar Muñoz ... Jesús
Pepo Oliva ... Judas
Carola Manzanares Carola Manzanares ... Magda
Jorge Casalduero ... Pedro
Julio Perillán ... Pablo
Sergio Villanueva ... Mateo
Pablo Scola ... Lucas
Nadia de Santiago ... Ana
Marco González Marco González ... Niño Solo
Luis Sánchez-Gijón Luis Sánchez-Gijón ... Voz Propaganda (voice)


The eight year old boy Jesús has been living in a crumbling underground facility since he was born with eight survivors of an apocalyptic war: the leader Maria and her lover Pablo; the gays Lucas and Mateo; the astronomer Magdalena and the teenager Ana; the soldier Pedro and the lonely Judas. They are permanently under surveillance, threatened by the contaminated mutants The Strangers and once a day they have to lock themselves in their rooms without heating to protect against the dangerous ghosts The Invisibles that attack in the Cold Hour. They cannot go to the surface, destroyed by a nuclear war. When they need supplies, medications and ammunition, they organize expeditions to a store. When the menace of The Invisibles affects the safety of the group of survivors, they need to reach the surface. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Nunca salgas al pasillo en la hora fría (Don't ever exit into the hallway during the cold hour) See more »


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Release Date:

14 September 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hora Negra See more »

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(European Film Market)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


There's a final quote during the end credits: "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds," from the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, as said by J. Robert Oppenheimer after the first nuclear test detonation in Los Alamos. See more »


Judas: We fought because we thought our god was better than theirs, thing is, they thought the same about their god. Do you understand?
Jesús: [shakes head no] What's god?
Judas: Someone who's left us alone.
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Crazy Credits

A sequence after the end credits shows a teddy bear (intended as part of the debris from the extinct Earth) landing on the moon surface near the historical land-site of Apollo XI. See more »


References Dark City (1998) See more »


Excerpts from The Doll's Funeral
from "Album for the Young, op. 39 (Children's Album)"
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
© by Uniquetracks
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Characters and Pace Never Disappoint
3 August 2009 | by eliar3See all my reviews

Settling into the story, be prepared for a character-driven study, even hinted at within the movie itself. The acting is superb, the story intriguing, and the conclusion leaves you answering AND asking questions. The director brought it all together and made everything work. There are some drawbacks in terms of character/story logic - why wait so long to confront the Strangers? Would you believe Pedro's version of events? - but they do not take away from the experience of "living" through young Jesus and his video camera. It's one of those films for which I am BEGGING to be released on DVD in the US with a director's commentary. There HAS to be some importance to the character names - Jesus, Judas, Maria, Magda, Peter, Paul, Matt, Luke - even Paul stops by. Someone can take it and write a dissertation...if you do, please post a link. I've got more movies to watch and review...

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