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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

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

Quotes

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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TRY (JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER)
Performed by Janis Joplin
Written by Jerry Ragovoy & Chip Taylor
© 1968 Unichappell Music Inc.
Courtesy of Chappell & Co. GmbH & Co. KG - a Warner/Chappell music company
Originally Released 1969.
Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
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Not a mere thriller, but a movie with contents
28 September 2015 | by SauturNussSee all my reviews

I've been to the premiere at the Film Festival in Zurich and I was moved by the movie, not because of the love story, but because of the irrefutable truth. The movie left me thinking and researching about its topic: Colognia Dignidad, a cult in Santiago de Chile. It conjures many ethical questions and portrays what humanity is capable of. The movie grips and doesn't let go of you till the end. The contents is real, except for the love story that forms the golden thread. One has to imagine that the movie portrays the life and the ways of Colognia Dignidad almost like a documentary without felt exaggeration, but it is still a movie with a story. Superb acting by Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl made the movie an even more intense experience. The only criticism I can make is that the love story is average in comparison to the rest. I believe that the characters actions don't always make much sense. All in all, it's one of the best movies I've seen this year and cannot be compared with the commercial films normally shown in cinemas.


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