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Verónica (2017)

TV-MA | | Horror | 25 August 2017 (Spain)
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Madrid, 1991. A teen girl finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she played Ouija with two classmates.

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Paco Plaza
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Escacena ... Verónica
Bruna González ... Lucía
Claudia Placer ... Irene
Iván Chavero ... Antoñito
Ana Torrent ... Ana
Consuelo Trujillo ... Hermana Muerte
Ángela Fabián ... Rosa
Carla Campra ... Diana
Chema Adeva ... Romero
Miranda Gas Miranda Gas ... Rodríguez
Luis Rallo Luis Rallo ... Navarro
Nayara Feito Nayara Feito ... Vecina enfrente
Carlos Cristino Carlos Cristino ... Encargado
Gema Matarranz Gema Matarranz ... Profesora de Literatura
Samuel Romero Samuel Romero ... Criatura
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Madrid, June of 1991. Verónica is a teenage girl surpassed by the circumstances after her father died recently, her mother works in a bar all day and she must care for her three siblings, twin girls Lucía and Irene and the youngest Antoñito. Still mourning for her father's death, Verónica decides to play Ouija with her friends Rosa and Diana, taking advantage a total solar eclipse where all classmates and teachers are on the school's rooftop watching it. Alone in the cellar, the girls try to contact their recent deceased family members, but the session goes wrong and something happens to Verónica. She hid from her mother what has happened, Verónica starts to feel strange presences inside the house and fears that these ghosts are a threat to any of her siblings. Advised by Sister Narcisa (nicknamed by the children as Sister Death) about the sinister spirit which is close to her, Verónica looking for a way to break the contact with the ghost and save everyone, suffering hallucinations ... Written by Chockys

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Spanish

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25 August 2017 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

La posesión de Verónica See more »

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1.85 : 1
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When the children first enter the restaurant where Ana (Ana Torrent) is working, she promises Antoñito (Iván Chavero) two Euros. The Euro did not become legal tender in Spain before 1999 and notes and coins were not introduced before 2002. However the film is set in 1991, ten years before. Instead the Peseta was used, and she should have promised ESP 300-400. See more »

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Features Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) See more »

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Preludio ad un Dramma
Performed by Francesco de Masi
From the original motion picture soundtrack of Lo Spettro
Courtesy of Beat Records Company Publishing Group
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In Veronica, Paco Plaza has another excellent contemporary horror movie under his belt: a reminder that great movies come from outside of Hollywood, too.
1 December 2017 | by edwardjones-23192See all my reviews

Paco Plaza took the horror genre by storm with the Rec. series (remade in English as Quarantine) and he's back to do it all over again with Veronica.

The plot is fairly generic for horror, and is based on a true story, which means nothing to anyone except the marketing team. But Veronica's success lies not in its originality but in its masterful execution. Foreign movies often miss out on the blockbuster budgets that their American counterparts are privileged with. But the producers have spared no expense with Veronica.

It's rare that movies are named after their protagonists. It would be easy to draw comparisons with Stephen King's Carrie, but there is a clear reason. Veronica is not a lens through which the story is viewed. She is the movie: her past, her fears, and her insecurities. The narrative delves deep into her character, not separately from the horror but within it. Another easy comparison to draw is with The Babadook. Veronica is not as focused, but it explores death in a more introspective way than most. Combined with more focalised cinematography, the central characterisation is second-to- none.

Characterisation aside, Veronica is still a horror movie, and it rarely strays from its genre conventions, which is fine. Originality isn't always good. There are excellent movies such as this, which excellently execute the tried and tested genre conventions. It's a clear trend, though so many ignore it, that deep, resonant narrative make more successful movies. This year's IT (see our review here) is a perfect example of this, breaking box office records.

Veronica nails the narrative expectations of modern horror.

At its core, Veronica is a story about a teenage girl who has lost her father. And with her mother working overtime, she struggles with the weight of the family on her own shoulders. The manifestations of horror within the movie emanate from this same source, which is what IT does. And which works incredibly well. Characterisation and terror inform each other. We relate to Veronica all the more for the horror she experiences. And conversely, the horror becomes more terrifying itself because we care about Veronica and understand her.

Veronica is the most cinematic horror movie to come from outside Hollywood.

The horror is in your face. Vivid and loud. Not only is the sound design incredible, but the music boasts an original mix of conventional eerie scoring and synthesised 80s soundtracks. The acting and writing are flawless. It's a thrilling, euphoric, and cathartic ride. The only thing I didn't care for was the whole 'true story' element. In particular, the movie already had a great ending, which was succeeded by another scene, which served only to emphasise the 'true story' aspect of the movie.

Review from Student Pages: https://www.studentpages.biz/veronica-review/


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