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Insensibles (2012)

Set in Catalonia, Painless weaves two stories: in one, starting during the Spanish Civil War and running through to the '60s, an asylum attempts to rehabilitate children who feel no pain, ... See full summary »


Juan Carlos Medina
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Brendemühl ... David (as Àlex Brendemühl)
Tómas Lemarquis ... Berkano
Ilias Stothart Ilias Stothart ... Benigno niño
Mot Harris Dunlop Stothart Mot Harris Dunlop Stothart ... Benigno adolescente (as Mot Stothart)
Derek de Lint ... Dr. Holzmann
Ramon Fontserè Ramon Fontserè ... Dr. Carcedo
Sílvia Bel ... Judith
Bea Segura Bea Segura ... Magdalena
Juan Diego ... Adán Martel mayor
Félix Gómez ... Adán Martel joven
Irene Montalà ... Anaïs
Àngels Poch ... Clara Martel
Ariadna Cabrol ... María
Bruna Montoto Bruna Montoto ... Inés niña
Liah O'Prey ... Inés adolescente


Set in Catalonia, Painless weaves two stories: in one, starting during the Spanish Civil War and running through to the '60s, an asylum attempts to rehabilitate children who feel no pain, by teaching them physical suffering. In the second, in the present time, a brilliant neurosurgeon who needs a bone marrow transplant, discovers this dark past when he searches for his biological parents. Written by Authors

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The truth is painful.


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Spain | France | Portugal


Catalan | Spanish | German | English

Release Date:

10 October 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Painless See more »


Box Office


€3,520,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€30,886 (Spain), 14 June 2013, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It would not be possible, that Berkano's lighter would still work after forty or so years (it was lit, when David found it). Also it is not known, from where he took electricity for a tape recorder in a long deserted place. See more »

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Insensibles (Painless Review)
11 May 2013 | by alexandermart9See all my reviews

Since there was no relevant review about this movie I decided to watch it and do it myself.

"Painless", this is a 2012 film directed by Juan Carlos Medina, this is the type of movie that tells two different stories in two different times and ultimately everything is related (such as Vantage Point).

The first part tells the story of children who cannot feel any pain, especially one called "Benigno", who is a child that stands out from others for having "something very special" and focuses on the years of the 1,930's at the height of the Spanish Civil war, though the trailer may give the impression that this is a movie where there are rituals, Satan and witchcraft (at least that was my impression), after seeing the movie you realizes that the title has a deeper meaning.

And the other part it tells the story of "David" a man suffering from leukemia and needs a transplant of... "something" that only his parents can give him, and when he does he start to revealing the dark past of his family, this part focuses more or less in the year ... 2012?

I gotta admit that there were parts where I was "lost" because this movie is ... well not completely but there are parts where they speak 3 languages​​: Spanish, German and I think Catalan. And although I have no problem with it, because as any fan of the movies I see movies in their original language (even if I do not understand a freaking thing), you can always activate subtitles. Overall the film is filmed very well there is suspense, and there are moments of "what's gonna happen?". I liked to film, though I "shut down" almost at the end of the movie, but I gained strength at the end when "Berkano" appeared, if you want to know what's that you gotta see the movie. I am surprised that it doesn't appeared in Wikipedia or Rotten Tomatoes. This movie reminded me of Guillermo del Toro's "The Devil's Backbone".

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