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

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 ... 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
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Storyline

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

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

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Trivia

Colonia Dignidad was a real-life secret detention camp. See more »

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When Lena and Daniel are driven to the airport near the end of the movie several large buildings show multiple Satelite-Dishes on their roofs - private sat-receivers were not in use in the seventies. See more »

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Narrator: [voice over original documentary footage] Santiago de Chile, 1973. Politial riots have been destabilizing the entire country.
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Soundtracks

O SACRED HEAD NOW WOUNDED
Performed by Gütersloh Boys Choir
Composed by Hans Leo Haßler, Johann Crüger, Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyrics attributed to Arnulf of Leuven
English translation by James Waddel Alexander
Arranged by Sigmund Bothmann
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This movie is worth a solid 9/10
13 June 2016 | by saartjee-63814See all my reviews

I was holding my breath from beginning to end. This movie is so exciting from the minute it starts a real thriller with a damn good story. I enjoyed it and definitely recommend watching it. It really is worth your time and chapeau to Emma for this performance! Also it is a real eyeopener that there is so much going on in the world that we (I) am not aware of. The way they portrait it in this movie is just excellent without over doing it. The actor Daniel also is really really good his performance is magnificent. I think there should be a lot more movies with the purpose to make people aware of what is going on in this film. It is definitely not boring in the slightest way and you wont regret watching it!


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Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,709

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,621,046
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