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The Nameless (1999)

Los sin nombre (original title)
5 years after a mom's 6 y.o. girl is murdered, she gets a phone call from someone claiming to be the daughter. An ex cop and a reporter help. A secret group called The Nameless may be behind it all.

Director:

Jaume Balagueró

Writers:

Jaume Balagueró, Ramsey Campbell (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Vilarasau ... Claudia
Karra Elejalde ... Massera
Tristán Ulloa ... Quiroga
Toni Sevilla Toni Sevilla ... Franco
Brendan Price ... Marc
Jordi Dauder ... Forense
Núria Cano Núria Cano ... Policía
Isabel Ampudia Isabel Ampudia ... Secretaria
Carles Punyet Carles Punyet ... Jefe
Aleix Puiggalí Aleix Puiggalí ... Tipo malcarado
Susana García Díez Susana García Díez ... Chica piscina (as Susana García)
Pep Tosar ... Toni
Carme Capdet Carme Capdet ... Monja
Manel Solás Manel Solás ... Hombre silla de ruedas
Víctor Guillén Víctor Guillén ... Hombre flaco (as Víctor Guillén 'Buby')
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Storyline

The mutilated body of a six year old girl is found in a water hole. The girl is identified as the missing daughter of Claudia. However, only two pieces of evidence could be used to identify her; a bracelet with her name on it near the crime scene, and the fact that her right leg was three centimeters longer than her left. All other methods of identification were removed from her body. Five years later Claudia, now addicted to tranquilizers, receives a phone call from someone claiming to be her daughter, asking for her mother to come find her before 'they' kill her. Other mysterious clues show up, further indicating that Claudia's daughter is indeed still alive, and very much in danger. Claudia, a run-down ex-cop, and a parapsychology reporter put together the clues to discover Angela's whereabouts. Written by Kerryn Wedgwood

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Trying to reach the limits of evil... But evil has no limits.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 November 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nameless See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,904,286
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmax, P.C. Joan Ginard See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Number #190 in Fangoria's Top 300 Horror Movies of All Time. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Claudia: What are you going to do?
Ángela: I'll call you...
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Connections

References Se7en (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

My Black Dress
Written by Mariona Aupí and Jaume Garcia
Performed by Fang
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The Nameless? I was THE SPEECHLESS!
25 October 2003 | by wanyonSee all my reviews

I saw this film a few years back and have been a supporter of Balaguero ever since! It starts on a very disturbing note and then constantly pushes and pushes your buttons. I can only compare it to being on a torture rack and in pain from the start only to have the cogs turned constantly and very slowly increasing my agony for every minute of my time spent on it until i reach my limit only to realise that the end is SO much nastier now that they have stopped turning the cogs that a totally unforseen pain and agony is about to hit me just when i thought it was over! The tension levels are very slowly but expertly cranked up throughout this film from the opening moments until the very end...and even THEN the cruelest of climaxes awaits us. I have read comments about the ending to this film that do not do it justice or feel that it does not work. I cannot understand or share that viewpoint. Any such accusations levelled at this film are lacking. The climax is simple, yet one of the most intelligent, psychologically perverse, emotion-shredding and horrible (without resorting to blood) ever commited to celluloid. On it's own it would pack a seriously intense punch...but as the climax/pay-off/culmination of such a profoundly creepy film it is downright cruel and disturbing and a fitting finale to a soul-destroying film... Balaguero's style has been disregarded by some as too similar to that of David Fincher. Well, the similarities in LOOK are there but style isn't based on cinematography alone. The film is a beautifully dark, stylish, polished affair with menace in the shadows, angst around every corner and terror on the horizon. Dread and evil have not been portrayed this vividly for a long, long time...


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