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The Colony (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

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
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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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Germany | France | Luxembourg | UK | USA

Language:

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 »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The stadium where Daniel is abducted is supposed to be Estadio Nacional de Chile, but in the movie, it is the stadium Tomás Adolfo Ducó, which is the home of C.A. Huracán, a soccer team from Buenos Aires, Argentina. See more »

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The German ambassador's Mercedes that takes the protagonists to the airport, is flying two German flags. In reality only one would be affixed to the car (on the side where the Ambassador or Charge d'Affaires is seated, behind the driver, not on the driver's side). 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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Fact based story of one of Chile's dark secrets
16 September 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Set in the early 1970's amidst the political turmoil that beset Chile at the time, we meet a German political activist – Daniel played by Daniel Brühl. His girlfriend is an air hostess, this is Lena played by the wonderful Emma Watson. Then Pinochet and his army take over the democratically elected socialist Government; this was obviously with US backing.

Well Daniel is soon swept up in the ruckus and taken to Colonia Dignidad. A colony run by another German called Paul Schafer; played brilliantly by Michael Nyqvist. He is a man who preaches the word of God but is one that talks the talk but does not reciprocate in the 'walking' department.

Now the full extent of what went on at the real colony is still, allegedly, a matter of conjecture but I won't say anything unless you are not aware of it. However, this does seem to try to cover a lot of what occurred and it uses the relationship of the two main protagonists as the vehicle to do so. It is a thriller and it is well made but it lacks a certain something to kick it further into the 'must be seen' category. Fans of Brühl and indeed Watson will not be disappointed though as they both give great performances, but Nyqvist gets all the great lines in a pantomime baddie role that was great fun to watch (for all the right reasons). In English with some Spanish and; this is one for those who like their thrillers to be not too much of a stretch but still well believable and indeed watchable.


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