A vertical prison with one cell per level. Two people per cell. Only one food platform and two minutes per day to feed. An endless nightmare trapped in The Hole.


David Desola (screenplay by), Pedro Rivero (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Massagué ... Goreng
Zorion Eguileor Zorion Eguileor ... Trimagasi
Antonia San Juan ... Imoguiri
Emilio Buale Emilio Buale ... Baharat
Alexandra Masangkay ... Miharu
Zihara Llana Zihara Llana ... Mali
Mario Pardo ... Amigo de Baharat
Algis Arlauskas ... Preso
Txubio Fernández de Jáuregui Txubio Fernández de Jáuregui ... Jefe de Restaurante (as Txubio Fernández)
Eric Goode ... Sr. Brambang (as Eric L. Goode)
Óscar Oliver Óscar Oliver ... Cocinero
Chema Trujillo ... Preso Nivel 5
Miriam Martín Miriam Martín ... Presa Nivel 5
Gorka Zufiaurre Gorka Zufiaurre ... Preso Síndrome de Down
Miriam K. Martxante Miriam K. Martxante ... Cocinera


A mysterious place, an indescribable prison, a deep hole. An unknown number of levels. Two inmates living on each level. A descending platform containing food for all of them. An inhuman fight for survival, but also an opportunity for solidarity. Written by yusufpiskin

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The "Verticle Self-Management Center" is an obvious allegory for society, with those at the top provided the best of everything and a willingness to consume far more than necessary at the expense of those below, while those at the lowest levels of society must suffer and go without. This can apply to society within a country or the worldwide society of first world countries. It also attempts to show that revolutionary change within a capitalist society doesn't happen spontaneously, since most people have no class consciousness and live complacent lives See more »


When the characters are on the platform, it moves downwards not as fast as it did before. See more »


[first lines]
Goreng: [narrating] There are 3 kinds of people; the ones above, the ones below, and the ones who fall.
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Referenced in 3 Things Must Die!: The Keyword Is Chef (2021) See more »

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Reminds me to snowpiercer from Bong Joon Ho
22 March 2020 | by izrSee all my reviews

I am giving it a solid 7. Good movie. Reminds me to snowpiercer from Bong Joon Ho but in this case the prision is vertical and not horizontal (train) but challenges the human behavior in a similar way. Good movie!

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20 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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