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The Art of Dying (2000)

El arte de morir (original title)
In Spain a young artist has gone missing, and a hardened detective takes on the case. Six friends become the focus of the investigation, being pressured for their knowledge of the artist's ... See full summary »


Curro Royo (screenplay), Juan Vicente Pozuelo (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fele Martínez ... Iván
María Esteve ... Clara
Gustavo Salmerón ... Nacho
Adrià Collado ... Carlos (as Adriá Collado)
Lucía Jiménez ... Patricia
Elsa Pataky ... Candela
Sergio Peris-Mencheta ... Ramón
Emilio Gutiérrez Caba ... Quintana
Adolfo Fernández Adolfo Fernández ... Luis
Pepa López Pepa López ... Madre Clara
Mónica Cano Mónica Cano ... Psicóloga
Paul Zubillaga Paul Zubillaga ... Compañero
Tamara Chenel Tamara Chenel ... Chica
Antonio de la Fuente Antonio de la Fuente ... Camarero
Paloma Juanes Paloma Juanes ... Madre Candela


In Spain a young artist has gone missing, and a hardened detective takes on the case. Six friends become the focus of the investigation, being pressured for their knowledge of the artist's whereabouts. They all deny involvement, and soon they have reason to fear for their lives as it appears a serial killer is hunting them all down. The one friend closest to the artist watches helplessly as his once quiet life is shattered by incrimination, suspicion and ultimately -- horrific violence. Written by mikhail080@cs.com

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »


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31 March 2000 (Spain) See more »

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A Arte de Morrer See more »

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Good and imaginative Spanish horror movie
14 April 2000 | by guybrush105See all my reviews

I have to admit that when I decided to see this movie I was completely sure it was going to be another "Scream" clone. Despite that, since it was the first Spanish horror movie that belonged to this new "horror-movie-for-teenagers" genre, I though it might be interesting to watch.

How little could I imagine that it was going to be much more intelligent and scary than any "I know what you did last summer" type of movie(It also has some flaws,though, but I'll take about them at the end). The plot seems rather similar to that of the movie I've just mentioned, but only at the beginning, because afterwards it has amazing plot twists that don't just focus on the identity of the killer. (Even though the final plot twist isn't good enough)

The way it's directed helps the movie be different too, making the movie kind of "cold" and distant. To be honest, I think the director has got inspired by films such as Crash and Gattaca to set this kind of mood.

The performances are good, specially the main two characters, even though sometimes they behave strangely. (They seem to be a bit unfocused sometimes, but maybe that's the way their characters are supposed to be)

As for the bad things, the movie gets a bit boring towards the end, not because of what happens, but because of the performances and the direction (I know, I'm contradicting myself a little bit here, since I've said all of this was good, but maybe the director should have made things go faster at the end and make the character's personalities not so monotonous.) Then, when you thing it's over, there are two more plot twists that instead of getting better and better get worse and worse, and make the ending less interesting.

Overall, "El arte the morir" is a GOOD movie BRILLIANTLY directed and with fairly good CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. And it's much more intelligent than Scream2 and "I know what you did last summer" and its sequel. I give it a 7.5 out of 10.

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