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The Colony (2015)

Colonia (original title)
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A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Watson ... Lena
Daniel Brühl ... Daniel
Michael Nyqvist ... Paul Schäfer
Richenda Carey ... Gisela
Vicky Krieps ... Ursel
Jeanne Werner ... Doro
Julian Ovenden ... Roman
August Zirner ... German Ambassador
Martin Wuttke ... Niels Biedermann
Nicolás Barsoff Nicolás Barsoff ... Jorge
Steve Karier Steve Karier ... Bernd
Stefan Merki Stefan Merki ... Rudi
Lucila Gandolfo ... Colonia Doctor
Johannes Allmayer Johannes Allmayer ... Dieter
Gilles Soeder Gilles Soeder ... Kurt


Lena and Daniel, a young couple become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet's secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Based on true events. Written by Producer

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Escape is the only option. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence/torture | See all certifications »

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Germany | France | Luxembourg | UK | USA


English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colonia Dignidad - Es gibt kein Zurück See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The stadium where Daniel is abducted is supposed to be Estadio Nacional de Chile, but in the movie, it is the stadium Tomás Adolfo Ducó, which is the home of C.A. Huracán, a soccer team from Buenos Aires, Argentina. See more »


When Lena and Daniel are driven to the airport near the end of the movie several large buildings show multiple Satelite-Dishes on their roofs - private sat-receivers were not in use in the seventies. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [voice over original documentary footage] Santiago de Chile, 1973. Politial riots have been destabilizing the entire country.
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Performed by Gütersloh Boys Choir
Composed by Hans Leo Haßler, Johann Crüger, Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyrics attributed to Arnulf of Leuven
English translation by James Waddel Alexander
Arranged by Sigmund Bothmann
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26 February 2016 | by qeterSee all my reviews

Yes, somehow "Refreshing" seems to be the wrong word as a summary for such a movie. But, after a day in (my) work - after trying to convince other people at my working place for years to live a more solidarity, more human way with colleagues, by trying that, showing over years a good role model by myself. And yesterday, going out of the working place with the knowledge that nothing has helped - my colleagues still only interested in their own careers, without any empathy for the weak. Nothing can be changed in peoples hearts and minds after they have grown out of their childhood. And then, living in Europe, and recognizing that all politics - from left to right - get's sick and more xenophobic from day to day with the refugee-crisis fueled by inhuman politics... Yes, then such a movie is terrible refreshing. Here a writer, a director, a camera man, a cast prove that at least they care. If I would have a daughter like Emma Watson or a son like Daniel Bruhl I would be immensely proud. Yes it is acting. But, never-the-less you can see and feel - both of them care. It is highly sensible acting. A political statement in itself. Very glad, that my day ended with that relief. There are still some people out there, who care. Thanks, for that great movie. Thanks, for hope.

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