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Shiver (2008)

Eskalofrío (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 18 July 2008 (Spain)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Junio Valverde ... Santi
Francesc Orella ... Dimas
Mar Sodupe ... Julia
Jimmy Barnatán ... Leo
Blanca Suárez ... Ángela
Paul Berrondo Paul Berrondo ... Óscar
Roberto Enríquez ... Antonio
Josep Maria Domènech ... Teófilo (as J.M. Domenech)
Andrés Herrera ... Fabián
Juli Mira Juli Mira ... Dr. Fuentes
Anna Ycobalzeta Anna Ycobalzeta ... Gloria
Berta Ros Berta Ros ... Erica Hassel
Pau Poch ... Tito (as Pau Pouch)
Lucy Tillett Lucy Tillett ... Ingrid (as Lucy Tyler)
Miguel Ángel Barroso Miguel Ángel Barroso ... Jonás
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Santi, a young high-school student with a serious physical reaction to sunlight, is forced by his health to move with his single mother to a shadowy, isolated village in the mountains of Spain where the inhabitants begin to reveal themselves as strangely xenophobic. When terrible, violent events begin to occur, Santi becomes first a pariah at school and then strongly suspected by the police of hideous murders. Santi himself, however, wonders if he is not the next victim. Written by Jasha

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Another Spanish Film Worthy of International Attention
7 November 2008 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Santiago is cursed with photophobia, an intense allergy to light, especially sunlight. To help him adjust to life, he and his mother move to the northernmost part of the country away from the sun. Unfortunately, being the new and weird kid doesn't pay off when murders pop up around Santi and he appears a prime suspect.

I hadn't heard of "Shiver" prior to receiving my review copy, so I wasn't sure what to expect. As of late, the European films have overshadowed the American ones in quality (particularly the Swedish of all origins). And the people behind "Shiver" were quick to point out its connections to the much better known and more widely advertised Spanish films "Pan's Labyrinth" and "The Orphanage". It's a fair connection, albeit a bit of a stretch.

"Shiver" is by no means on par with "The Orphanage" and neither is in the Oscar league with "Pan's Labyrinth"... but the cinematography here is crisp, and the characters rich and alluring. This is not just some simple throwaway plot and production. If ever there was a labor of love, I think it's to be found in "Shiver".

The weakness of the film is due to its strength. The first half of the film builds up the case for Santi's involvement in mysterious murders and hints at supernatural elements -- parallels with vampires and werewolves. It is beautifully crafted, but this falls sharply once the plot turns and the real story becomes more evident. Unlike many films, the "twist" comes far too early and leaves little suspense for the second and third act. Even Santi's aversion to the sun, a unique aspect of this film, barely comes into play. Its removal would have affected the story only minimally.

Without giving anything away, I want you to see this picture. As I type, "Quarantine" and "Saw V" are rocking the theaters... but the real gem is "Shiver", available on DVD. Screw Hollywood and give Spain a chance if you haven't already. You'll be hard-pressed to find another film this year with such good sense of camera use and the proper story to tell with it.


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