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The Hidden Face (2011)

La cara oculta (original title)
Shattered by the unexpected news of their irreversible break-up, an aspiring orchestra conductor is puzzled by his girlfriend's mysterious and seemingly inexplicable case of disappearance. But, can he look beyond the facts?

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Andrés Baiz (as Andi Baiz)

Writers:

Andrés Baiz (screenplay), Arturo Infante (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Quim Gutiérrez ... Adrián
Martina García ... Fabiana
María Soledad Rodríguez María Soledad Rodríguez ... Mesera
Jose Luis Garcia Jose Luis Garcia ... Novio Pelea (as José Luis García)
Marcela Mar ... Veronica
Humberto Dorado Humberto Dorado ... Tito
Julio Pachón Julio Pachón ... Buitrago
Juan Alfonso Baptista Juan Alfonso Baptista ... Ramírez (as Juan A. Baptista)
Marcela Benjumea Marcela Benjumea ... Forense (as Marcela Bejumea)
Clara Lago ... Belén
Alexandra Stewart ... Emma
Mozad Mozad ... Perro 'Hans'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manuel Antonio Gómez Manuel Antonio Gómez ... Sacerdote
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Storyline

Adrián, a talented orchestra conductor, receives a video message from his beloved Belén, telling him with tears in her eyes that she is leaving him, and that she cannot carry on with him anymore. Shattered by the unexpected news of their irreversible break-up and puzzled by Belén's inexplicable decision, Adrián gets help from the local police to solve this mysterious case of disappearance; however, as there is still no news of Belén, a new woman will appear in his life. In the end, with no progress at all in Belén's baffling case, who would think to look beyond the facts, as truth often lies hidden in the most unusual of places? Written by Nick Riganas

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Hay puertas que nunca deberían abrirse. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Colombia | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

16 September 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hidden Face See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogotá, Colombia

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Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

There's Turkish version of this movie. It's called Oteki Taraf. See more »

Goofs

(00:57:46) The Swastika symbol on the Nazi uniform arm ribbon in the closet is inverted. See more »

Quotes

Fabiana: Are you jealous?
Ramírez: You finally got what you wanted, a guy with money. Better than a cop with a shitty salary.
Fabiana: You may be right.
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Connections

Remade as Öteki Taraf (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No 2, Op. 18 en Do Menor, 1st Movement
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by Sergei Sichkov and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, conducted by Ricardo Jaramillo
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Intriguing plot not exploited in full
5 August 2014 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

This Colombian film - quite rare in European cinemas - has a good suspense source, enabling to create a thrilling story about love and its related topics (jealousy, faithfulness, yearning, etc.), visible is rather extreme circumstances. Regretfully, the first half or so is quite plain and protracted, and contains questionable plot elements, e.g. why the police looked on the disappearance matter so seriously. Inclusion of Nazi topic into a Latin American society is not fresh either. True, there were some interesting twists, but the very end could have been more concrete or revenge-related, the current one created a kind of vacuity, no quivering.

Characters seems realistic, but apart from Clara Lago as Belén, there were no catchy performances, preferable particularly in case of events happening in limited space. But all in all, La cara oculta is a far-above-average thriller, with its duration of less than 1,5 hours.


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