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The Body (2012)

El cuerpo (original title)
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A detective searches for the body of a femme fatale which has gone missing from a morgue.

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Oriol Paulo

Writers:

Oriol Paulo (screenplay), Lara Sendim (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jose Coronado ... Jaime Peña
Hugo Silva ... Álex Ulloa
Belén Rueda ... Mayka Villaverde
Aura Garrido ... Carla Miller
Miquel Gelabert ... Vigilante Ángel Torres
Juan Pablo Shuk ... Agente Pablo
Oriol Vila ... Agente Mateos
Carlota Olcina Carlota Olcina ... Erica Ulloa
Patrícia Bargalló Patrícia Bargalló ... Agente Norma
Mia Esteve Mia Esteve ... Luna Villaverde
Sílvia Aranda Sílvia Aranda ... Ruth Peña (as Silvia Aranda)
Manel Dueso Manel Dueso ... Agente Carlos
Pere Brasó Pere Brasó ... Agente 3
Albert López-Murtra Albert López-Murtra ... Agente 4 (as Albert López Murtra)
Paco Moreno Paco Moreno ... Agente Científica
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Storyline

In the middle of the night, a guard working the night shift at a morgue located deep in the woods has a terrible car accident. But, why did the guard panic and left his post in the first place? Furthermore, according to the register, the body of Mayka Villaverde--a beautiful and affluent businesswoman--is mysteriously missing from the morgue. Presumably, Mayka died of a heart attack; nevertheless, who signed the death certificate, as her autopsy is still pending? In the end, there is a general principle in forensic medicine which specifically states that every death is a homicide until proven otherwise. But, finding out who is behind this fiendishly difficult case is going to be an arduous task. Can Inspector Jaime Peña get to the bottom of it? Written by Nick Riganas

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Hitchcock-style psychological thriller. See more »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 December 2012 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Body See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Three of the male characters have the same names as Spanish and Argentinian Premier League footballers . See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, while Carla is fixing a drink for herself and Alex, a straw appears in one of the drinks between shots. See more »

Quotes

Álex Ulloa: Who's that?
Mayka Villaverde: Nobody.
Álex Ulloa: Were you talking about me?
Mayka Villaverde: You won't like it. He's my new lawyer.
Álex Ulloa: What's wrong with Gloria?
Mayka Villaverde: As well as being my sister, she's also your lawyer, and I want to revise our marriage contract. The property division.
Álex Ulloa: You can't be serious.
Mayka Villaverde: I'm always serious with you. Even if I laugh at you constantly.
Álex Ulloa: You want everyone at your feet, don't you?
Mayka Villaverde: Not everyone. You, yes... Got you! You handed that to me on a platter!
[...]
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References Suspicion (1941) See more »

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N'Importe Oú Quoi
Performed by Jean Paul Dupeyron
Written by Toni Saigi (as Toni Saigi Chupi) and Dani Espinet (as Daniel Espinet Nieto)
2012 Banda Sonora Original, S.L. BSO
Sound Studio: Banda Sonora Original, S.L.
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This is a highly suspenseful and cerebral mystery , filled with twists and turns
1 September 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Mystery , intrigue about bizarre facts happen in a morgue .The same team - actress (Belen Rueda) , producer (Mikel Lejarza , Mar Targarona) , screenwriter (Oriol Paulo) , cameraman (Oscar Faura)- who made ¨The orphanage¨ and ¨The Julia's eyes¨ bring us another suspenseful film , ¨ The body¨ or ¨El Cuerpo¨ . The picture is thrilling and some moment brilliant , and the actors are quite reliable as Jose Coronado and Hugo Silva . And again a wonderful Belen Rueda as a nasty woman in a movie with intense sequences of tension and suspense . It deals with a veteran detective called Jaime Peña (Jose Coronado) searches for the body of a femme fatale (Belen Rueda is sensational in one of her best films along with ¨El Orfanato¨) which has gone missing from a morgue . As main suspect there appears her husband Alex Ulloa (Hugo Silva) . Alex is detained and finding alone in the morgue , he is terrorized by strange events , surrounded by corpses and then weird deeds take place .

The film contains tension , thriller , drama , mystery , plot twists and shocks , including decent scares with tense sequences especially in its final part , in a unexpected denouement , near of the end . Hitchcock-style psychological thriller , being surprisingly good and compellingly realized . The original as well as entertaining idea is overspread throughout the movie , but not totally satisfactory , including conventional pitfalls . The main cast is frankly fine , such as José Coronado as Inspector Jaime Peña who bears a dark past , Hugo Silva as upsetting Álex Ulloa , Belén Rueda as Mayka Villaverde , a selfish and domineering woman and the young lover Aura Garrido as Carla . The motion picture is pretty well , although sometimes stagy and packs excessive turns ; however is entertaining for continuous suspense . Sinister and mysterious atmosphere plenty of lights and shades , it is finely photographed by cameraman Oscar Faura . Suspenseful and stirring musical score by Sergio Moure who previously composed successful films as ¨Unconscious¨ and being expert on frightening atmosphere such as ¨Thesis on a Homicide" and ¨Kidnapped¨ .

The film was well produced by various producers , such as Joaquin Padro , Mar Targarona and Mercedes Gamero ; all of them have produced a lot of successes in the new Spanish cinema . Being professionally written and directed by Oriol Paulo who formerly realized only short movies and wrote ¨The Julia's eyes¨ . The movie will appeal to suspense enthusiasts and Belen Rueda fans . Rating : Good , better than average . It's well worth watching and contains some really thrilling scenes and disturbing images .


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