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Anna (2013)

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A man with the ability to enter people's memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.

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Jorge Dorado

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Strong ... John Washington
Saskia Reeves ... Michelle Greene
Richard Dillane ... Robert
Indira Varma ... Judith Morrow
Noah Taylor ... Peter Lundgren
Alberto Ammann ... Tom Ortega
Brian Cox ... Sebastian
Molly Stein Molly Stein ... Daniela Hooper
Marc Padró Marc Padró ... Intruder
Frida Palsson Frida Palsson ... Anna Washington
David Chevers David Chevers ... Detective
Bruno Sevilla ... Detective 2
Aisha Prigann Aisha Prigann ... Marjorie
Taissa Farmiga ... Anna Greene
Sanny van Heteren ... Samantha Harris
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Storyline

In the near future or an alternate reality, there are memory detectives, people who have the ability to enter other people's electronically-aided memories. They often are used to resolve psychological conflicts, and sometimes to exonerate someone from a crime. John was at one time the top in this field, but he has been recovering from the death of his wife, and a stroke. To get back into work the head of the small firm he works for offers him what is supposed to be a simple job - getting 16-year-old Anna to start eating again. However, the "simple job" turns into his most challenging. Written by Qfal

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The answers are all in her mind. See more »


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Rated R for nude sexual images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Spain | USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2014 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mindscape See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,288, 12 June 2014
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Dolby Atmos

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2.35 : 1
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Anna is obviously British as a young girl and American as a teen. See more »

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Near the end, Anna's desperate call to John for help was not used in John's defense of the charges. The time of the call and the call itself would have at least given justification for John being in the house. The call should have at least been explained away or covered in some manner. See more »

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[the funny thing about memory, is it can't be fully trusted. And yet, in the end, it's the only truth we have. And no matter how painful it is, you have got to look at the truth. Because sometimes it's the only thing that can save you. It's the only thing that can set you free]
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Calm and methodical
18 November 2014 | by VartiainenSee all my reviews

Anna, or Mindscape as the original title goes, rides heavily on the presence and acting capabilities of its two main leads, Mark Strong as John, a psychologist with mind reading abilities, and Taissa Farmiga as Anna, his young and eerily disturbed patient. The film itself revolves around the idea that certain humans have developed their latent psychic abilities to such a degree that they can read the minds of others and thus help them overcome traumas and illnesses of the mind. Yeah, it's a bit Inception-esque, but it's different enough in style and atmosphere that you won't mind.

Still, the best part about this film is Mark Strong. His quiet dignified performance holds almost all of the scenes together and his interactions with Farmiga are very interesting to witness. Farmiga's performance suffers a touch from her relative inexperience, at least compared to Strong. You can definitely tell that she's acting in the earlier scenes, but she gets better quickly and her character as a whole nails the eery wonder child trope.

Plot-wise the film is nothing special, being relatively easy to predict and offering no real twists, but it's more of a moodpiece in any case. I would have liked for the actual mindscape scenes to be a bit more creative and the story as a whole to be a bit more overreaching in scope, but those lacks only mean that the film is merely good instead of great.

Mindscape is worth a watch if you're looking for a thriller with a more thoughtful tone and lacking in excessive brutality and gore.


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