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The Kovak Box (2006)

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A sci-fi writer (Hutton) is invited to an island for a conference, only to discover that he's become lured into a trap.

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Daniel Monzón

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Daniel Monzón (screenplay), Jorge Guerricaechevarría (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... David Norton
Lucía Jiménez ... Silvia
David Kelly ... Frank Kovak
Georgia Mackenzie ... Jane
Gary Piquer ... Jaume
Annette Badland ... Kathy
Iván Morales Iván Morales ... Charlie
Colin Stinton ... Encargado Consulado
Nicholas Boulton ... Funcionario Consulado
Jeff Harding ... Gerente Sanatorio
Jorge Bosch Jorge Bosch ... Forense
Luis Callejo ... Encargado Cuevas
Daniel Strauss Daniel Strauss ... Médico Silvia (as Dan Strauss)
Molly Malcolm ... Psicóloga
Keith Bartlett Keith Bartlett ... Admirador
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Storyline

A sci-fi writer (Hutton) is invited to an island for a conference, only to discover that he's become lured into a trap.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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You're trapped... and you don't even know it.


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Rated R for some violent and disturbing content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 January 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caixa Kovak See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€495,094 (Spain), 12 January 2007, Limited Release
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

(at around 42 mins) The amount of froth in David's bottle varies during his conversation with Silvia at the bar. See more »

Quotes

David: You said Jane didn't commit suicide.
Silvia: I know I did not jump through this window, but I don't know what really happened.
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References Nanook of the North (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Gloomy Sunday
(Original Title: Szomorú Vasárnap)
Music by Rezsö Seress
Lyrics by László Jávor
English Lyrics by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
Adapted for The Kovak Box (2006) by Roque Baños
Performed by Lucía Jiménez
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A big could-have-been
29 September 2007 | by AgnelinSee all my reviews

"La caja Kovak" follows American science-fiction best-selling author David Norton (Timothy Hutton), who goes on a part business, part pleasure trip to the Spanish island of Mallorca with his girlfriend. He proposes to her and she accepts. On that very night, she jumps off their hotel balcony and kills herself after a short stay at the local hospital. In the bed next to her is Sylvia (Lucía Jiménez), a young woman who found herself jumping off the balcony without having any recollection of how and why she did it. Both women did it right after their phone rang and the song "Gloomy Sunday" began to play on the other end of the line. Together, David and Sylvia decide to try and solve the mystery.

The introduction is well done and it lures you into watching more, wanting to know how a song can make apparently normal people want to kill themselves. However, it evolves into a bizarre and not always efficient mix of thriller and science-fiction that completely fails to keep up the suspenseful and supernatural tone of the start, and is in fact rather dull and inconclusive at times. The characters are also quite poorly written -except for David Kelly's character maybe, the most interesting of the whole bunch- and they become quite predictable, as is the ending. Also, many clues thrown in along the way are never properly answered to.

All in all, it's an okay movie, one to watch and easily forget.


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