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The Nameless (1999)

Los sin nombre (original title)
5 years after a mom's 6 y.o. girl is murdered, she gets a phone call from someone claiming to be the daughter. An ex cop and a reporter help. A secret group called The Nameless may be behind it all.

Director:

Jaume Balagueró

Writers:

Jaume Balagueró, Ramsey Campbell (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Vilarasau ... Claudia
Karra Elejalde ... Massera
Tristán Ulloa ... Quiroga
Toni Sevilla Toni Sevilla ... Franco
Brendan Price ... Marc
Jordi Dauder ... Forense
Núria Cano Núria Cano ... Policía
Isabel Ampudia Isabel Ampudia ... Secretaria
Carles Punyet Carles Punyet ... Jefe
Aleix Puiggalí Aleix Puiggalí ... Tipo malcarado
Susana García Díez Susana García Díez ... Chica piscina (as Susana García)
Pep Tosar ... Toni
Carme Capdet Carme Capdet ... Monja
Manel Solás Manel Solás ... Hombre silla de ruedas
Víctor Guillén Víctor Guillén ... Hombre flaco (as Víctor Guillén 'Buby')
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Storyline

The mutilated body of a six year old girl is found in a water hole. The girl is identified as the missing daughter of Claudia. However, only two pieces of evidence could be used to identify her; a bracelet with her name on it near the crime scene, and the fact that her right leg was three centimeters longer than her left. All other methods of identification were removed from her body. Five years later Claudia, now addicted to tranquilizers, receives a phone call from someone claiming to be her daughter, asking for her mother to come find her before 'they' kill her. Other mysterious clues show up, further indicating that Claudia's daughter is indeed still alive, and very much in danger. Claudia, a run-down ex-cop, and a parapsychology reporter put together the clues to discover Angela's whereabouts. Written by Kerryn Wedgwood

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Trying to reach the limits of evil... But evil has no limits.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 November 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nameless See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,904,286
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmax, P.C. Joan Ginard See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the British novel "The Nameless" by Ramsey Campbell. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Claudia: What are you going to do?
Ángela: I'll call you...
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Connections

References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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My Black Dress
Written by Mariona Aupí and Jaume Garcia
Performed by Fang
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A bad equilibrium of good ideas.
26 October 2003 | by TheBohemianSee all my reviews

A woman is obsessed by the death of her young daughter found murdered and mutilated after being kidnapped. Five years after the event, she receives a strange phonecall: "mummy, it´s me. come and save me".

A lot of ideas will disturb more than frighten the most of the audience in search of new sensations of the horror genre. A mix of theology and suspense are the good adds to the odds of this movie. Though the storyline seems to center on the search for both the discovery of the truth and search for secrets behind a deadly community, it is actually focusing a way too far on the principal character of the mother. The viewer will find it difficult to link all the other characters together: that is corrupting the all plot and therefore makes the end quite frustrating. The directing of the movie is not far from Alejandro Amenabar´s "Tesis" which uses cuts of 8mm videos to add to the claustrophobic oddities of the story (is it a coincidence if the story is about "synThesis of Evil" ?). Having said that, a good US producer should watch it twice: a few details to add and to remove here and there and I believe it can come close to a good horror+suspense movie. Choice of a charismatic actress is the key: same as the US transcription of The Ring. Still the Spanish version looks more like an art house essay.


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