Thesis

1996

Thesis

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In this suspenseful Spanish thriller, a film student's curiosity over an accidentally discovered "snuff film" places her in mortal danger. Madrid film student Angela's ordeal begins when she decides to write her thesis about violence in film. Her student adviser volunteers to search the university's film vault for her and it is he who accidentally finds a secret room and randomly picks up an unmarked cassette. He decides to preview it in the screening room and what he sees is so horrifying that he drops dead from heart failure. Angela finds him there and without thinking grabs the film he was watching. Back home she discovers it is a filmed account of the torture and death of a coed who has been missing for three years. Rather than be sensible and call the police, Angela begins her own investigation. Her first stop is the strange Chema, a student aficionado of hard-core porn and violent films. He sees the film and is able to identify the type of camera used. Sexy student Bosco has one and he was acquainted with the dead girl. Though he is a prime suspect, Angela is subtly drawn to him. This doesn't sit well with the jealous Chema. Bosco is not her only suspect. Castro, her new faculty advisor and Bosco's girl friend Yolanda may also have been involved.

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Cast

Eduardo Noriega
as Bosco Herranz
Ana Torrent
as Ángela Márquez
Xabier Elorriaga
as Jorge Castro
Miguel Picazo
as Figueroa
Nieves Herranz
as Sena Márquez
Rosa Ávila
as Madre de Ángela
Teresa Castañedo
as Presentadora TV
José Miguel Caballero
as Conserje Videoteca
Julio Velez
as Conductor
José Luis Cuerda
as Professor No. 1
Emiliano Otegui Piedra
as Professor No. 2
Walter Prieto
as Train Guard
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  • May 09, 2014
    A rather dull thriller to be honest. Tesis is a film about a film student who investigates the snuff film that features the torture of a former student who has gone missing. It's quite slow and there weren't enough tension nor thrill. I truly felt the whole reason people liked this film is because it is about snuff films.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2013
    First 48 Minutes were so bad, I threw it back in the mail to Netflix. 1 star 7-16-2013
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2013
    The debut flick for Alejandro Amenábar had a budget of 600 and unfortunently it shows a bit too often which hurts the flick to some extent: the soundtrack is pretty lame, visually it's pretty boring to look at and the settings are a bit too clean and unmemorable. However, he manages to capture our attention surprisingly well with this snuff investigation story, keeping us guessing until the end, featuring a handful of memorable scenes and performances, tying everything up with some nice commentary on our obsession with violence and of what draws us to it. A very confident debut to a director that would sign some upcoming very interesting movies.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2013
    Another day, another foray into Spanish territory. This time I saw a film that explores the state of violence and the film Spanish film industry. The ideas it explores are thought provoking, but the plot is muddled with problems that prevents it from being a piece of cinema. Tesis (Thesis) is about Angela, a young woman who is writing a thesis on violence in the media, in order to get her degree in communication science. While doing her thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty. The less I say about the plot the better. The plot is a straight up thriller which hurts it in far to many ways. The protagonist is as intelligence as a dumb blonde stereotype in a horror movie. She never calls the police. Lets herself get seduce by a good looking guy who she knows killed his ex. She's very terrible at writing a thesis which we hardly see her do. For some reasons does not tell any of her family member not to let the good looking maniac into the house. The film tries to makes the viewer guess by having twists in the plot which are overdone. It switches between who the actual killer could be one to many times. A guessing game is not bad in a thriller, but overdoing it looses the film focus on story it was telling. The good aspect of the plot are the subject it brings up. One in particular is by using snuff films as an example for why the Spanish film industry is declining. In the film context it works for it's a fictional work for art. A professor says Spain's film industry will not be a success until it gives the people what it wants - and that theory in it's purest form is snuff films. Snuff films are very popular in the film timeline and go on to say only exist to give the audience what they want on an authentic level. This is a thought provoking subject as violence is nothing unusual on film, but in real life events the film illustrates the average person has a curiosity for actual violence. Weather it's a murder caught on tape, someone who got run over by a train, some kind of burned dead body, and so forth will attract a crowd. The subjects here allows judgement on our self and just on the characters. If you could look past some questionable actions by the protagonists you'll have plenty to think about after it ends. The saving grace comes from the excellent acting. Especially from Ana Torrent who makes a compelling lead. The scenes she shares with Fele Martínez are pure gold. None of the two leads excel as much as Eduardo Noriega. You will wonder if this guy is the killer or if we a misconception of his nature. Thesis saved by the acting and fined direction. The plot could aspire to something greater, but it held back by some questionable narrative choices. As it stands though it's still a film worth checking out.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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