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Colonia (2015)

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A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Watson ... Lena
Daniel Brühl ... Daniel
Michael Nyqvist ... Paul Schäfer
Richenda Carey ... Gisela
Vicky Krieps ... Ursel
Jeanne Werner ... Doro
Julian Ovenden ... Roman
August Zirner ... German Ambassador
Martin Wuttke ... Niels Biedermann
Nicolás Barsoff Nicolás Barsoff ... Jorge
Steve Karier Steve Karier ... Bernd
Stefan Merki Stefan Merki ... Rudi
Lucila Gandolfo ... Colonia Doctor
Johannes Allmayer Johannes Allmayer ... Dieter
Gilles Soeder Gilles Soeder ... Kurt


Lena and Daniel, a young couple become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet's secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Based on true events. Written by Producer

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Escape is the only option. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence/torture | See all certifications »

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Germany | France | Luxembourg | UK | USA


English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colonia Dignidad - Es gibt kein Zurück See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This movie was filmed in Chile, Luxembourg, Germany, and Argentina. See more »


The pilot of the Lufthansa plane is starting the procedure for departure, while the door is still open. See more »


Paul Schäfer: Oh I can see. Your sadness in your eyes. Doubts in your heart. Turmoil in your soul. Oh you think you made a mistake, that you shouldn't have come here. You regret. You regret deeply. It's OK. It's OK, Lena. We're not perfect. No, none of us. We all lose our way sometimes. The lord loves us, imperfect as we are.
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Performed by Déi Rammericher Tuutebattien
Composed by Josef Franz Wagner
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A Pretty Great Cult Expose
18 February 2016 | by maxmanthedonSee all my reviews

Colonia was no simple thriller. This gripping movie stands perfectly as a deconstructing look at the sickening evils that really happen in our world. It stands as a great expose of the human mind and the sickening things that we as people are capable of. It is a testament to mankind's evil heart. Standing as an example of the ignorance and violence in religion and cult life. Not only was this film revealing (and therefore shocking) but it was also well written, and well casted, Emma Watson in particular standing out as she usually does. The films director is also a talented man who I hope to see more from in the future. A great example of independent film, Colonia was gripping and kept me interested all the way through. Would highly recommend.

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