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Thesis (1996)

Tesis (original title)
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While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

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Alejandro Amenábar (screenplay), Alejandro Amenábar (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Torrent ... Ángela
Fele Martínez ... Chema
Eduardo Noriega ... Bosco Herranz
Xabier Elorriaga ... Castro
Miguel Picazo Miguel Picazo ... Figueroa
Nieves Herranz Nieves Herranz ... Sena
Rosa Campillo Rosa Campillo ... Yolanda
Paco Hernández Paco Hernández ... Padre Angela (as Francisco Hernández)
Rosa Ávila Rosa Ávila ... Madre Angela
Teresa Castanedo Teresa Castanedo ... Presentadora T.V.
José Miguel Caballero José Miguel Caballero ... Conserje Videoteca
Joserra Cadiñanos Joserra Cadiñanos ... Vigilante
Julio Vélez Julio Vélez ... Encargado tren
Pilar Ortega Pilar Ortega ... Encargada C. Ventas
Olga Margallo Olga Margallo ... Vanessa
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Storyline

Why is death and violence so fascinating? Is it morally correct to show violence in movies? If so, is there a limit to what we should show? That's the subject of Ángela's examination paper. She is a young student at a film school in Madrid. Together with the student Chema (who is totally obsessed with violent movies) they find a snuff movie in which a young girl is tortured and killed. Soon they discover that the girl was a former student at their school... Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Me llamo Ángela. Me van a matar. [English Tagline: My name is Angela. They're going to kill me.]


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and perverse violent content, brief strong sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 April 1996 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR721,214 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,227
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story Chema tells Angela is "The Birthday of the Infanta" by Oscar Wilde. See more »

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In the final garage scene, the height of the camera has changed from approximately waist level to head height. See more »

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Bosco: What color are my eyes?
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References Of Mice and Men (1992) See more »

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Very good first feature
31 January 2002 | by vostfSee all my reviews

A promising director: it's what I thought after the screening of Amenabar's first feature. There is a compelling story told with bright creative ideas.

Eventually I felt the first part of the movie was really great and the following went a little under. Sure, it is more difficult to bring all sorts of things together after you built up an exciting suspense. Still you don't feel bored once you are getting to know what it is really all about, but you got more free 'RAM space' to think it over. Perhaps accelerating the rhythm would have kept Tesis on the same high level of suspense. Perhaps it would have been a mistake to change the pace.

Among things you can take away with you is the background theme about our attraction for the morbid. It opens and closes the movie and really gives it one further dimension - one could say it's a bit didactical but it's a least flaw for a first major effort.

Next step Senor Amenabar: a little less personal work (as compared with the experimental Abre los ojos) but still something personal (The Others is the least interesting work so far).


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