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Painless (2012)

Insensibles (original title)
Set in Catalonia, Painless weaves two stories: in one, starting during the Spanish Civil War and running through to the '60s, an asylum attempts to rehabilitate children who feel no pain, ... See full summary »


Juan Carlos Medina
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Brendemühl ... David (as Àlex Brendemühl)
Tómas Lemarquis ... Berkano
Ilias Stothart Ilias Stothart ... Benigno niño
Mot Harris Dunlop Stothart Mot Harris Dunlop Stothart ... Benigno adolescente (as Mot Stothart)
Derek de Lint ... Dr. Holzmann
Ramon Fontserè Ramon Fontserè ... Dr. Carcedo
Sílvia Bel ... Judith
Bea Segura Bea Segura ... Magdalena
Juan Diego ... Adán Martel mayor
Félix Gómez ... Adán Martel joven
Irene Montalà ... Anaïs
Àngels Poch ... Clara Martel
Ariadna Cabrol ... María
Bruna Montoto Bruna Montoto ... Inés niña
Liah O'Prey ... Inés adolescente


Set in Catalonia, Painless weaves two stories: in one, starting during the Spanish Civil War and running through to the '60s, an asylum attempts to rehabilitate children who feel no pain, by teaching them physical suffering. In the second, in the present time, a brilliant neurosurgeon who needs a bone marrow transplant, discovers this dark past when he searches for his biological parents. Written by Authors

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The truth is painful.


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Spain | France | Portugal


Catalan | Spanish | German | English

Release Date:

10 October 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


EUR3,520,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It would not be possible, that Berkano's lighter would still work after forty or so years (it was lit, when David found it). Also it is not known, from where he took electricity for a tape recorder in a long deserted place. See more »

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ghost story without a ghost..
9 September 2014 | by rockenkaySee all my reviews

I loved this mystery.. Dark and heartfelt terror fill the story..

Old fashioned ghost story without a ghost..

I'm a movie freak and this foreign flick fulfilled everything I enjoy.. The subtitles are easy and the story doesn't really need words anyway..

Simple and well acted but with a very squeamish subject; children and (Spanish War)torture..

The story splits between two worlds and I loved being led down the dark corridors of my imagination trying to suss out the riddle that's laid out from the beginning.. I'm sure to see this again just to watch the beauty hidden between the atrocities of war playing out.. If all you've known is suffering, beauty becomes a precious balance to cruelty.

If you can't stomach fingernails being pulled off, blood, the ripping of flesh, AND torture, it's the wrong movie for you.. And if you're looking for a movie like Saw and believe this is one of those movies, wrong again.. It's not for you.. It has a very Guiermo Del Toro feel to it but it has it's own unique attitude, I mean if you have sympathy for evil, this one will bring it out.. And like Del Toro's scripts, the guy you're afraid of through the whole thing will have you crying for him by the end..

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