Tesis (1996)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 93

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AKA: Thesis
Year: 1996
Directed by: Alejandro Amenabar
Starring: Ana Torrent (Angela), Fele Martínez (Chema), Eduardo Noriega (Bosco), Xabier Elorriaga (Prof. Castro), Miguel Picazo (Prof. Figueroa)
Country: Spain, European Cinema
Language: Spanish (English subs)
Runtime: 02:04:08
Genres: Snuff, Serial Killers, Violence against Women

Plot – Spoilers:
Angela has a developing taste for the morbid and decides to prepare a thesis on the subject of Audio-Visual Violence. Her University Professor, though initially skeptical, encourages her and offers to help with access to some of the more effed up sections of the Uni’s cinema archives.

From an academic viewpoint, she attempts to befriend a weird guy at school, Chema, who’s notorious for his collection of effed up cinema apart from his choice of tshirts that include a Cannibal Holocaust ode. Chema is socially awkward but invites her over to watch some of his greatest hits, because she is “gorgeous”, as he puts it.

Things however begin to get murky when Angela’s Prof dies while watching a movie he borrowed from the School archives – Angela later finds it to be a snuff movie of a college girl who went missing couple years before. She shows it to Chema who activates his sleuth mode and tries to extract clues from the video. Meanwhile, Angela finds herself sexually enamored by a mysterious student Bosco, whom Chema hates and is jealous of.

Within no time however, Angela becomes the next target for the snuff movie makers, and she finds herself suspecting everyone around her.

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kowboy
kowboy
April 23, 2024 3:21 pm

very nice

Mia:3
Mia:3
March 21, 2024 7:35 am

holy tarnation

Caly_na_bialo
Caly_na_bialo
March 3, 2024 7:07 pm

Silly Bosco. Had he checked that the girl had a knife hidden, he would have taken it away.
Then he’d have his time with the girl. And all of us would have received the ending that we really wanted.

ollie
ollie
January 1, 2024 2:33 pm

chema is just like me fr

KAN
KAN
August 31, 2023 7:32 pm

Good performances, terrific dialogue, and an interesting mystery, rather like some Italian 70s horror movie, but without any horror, gore, and nudity.
The early scene on the train is a knockout – to spare the passengers any distress the guy tells passengers NOT to look at the body on the tracks, then follows this with “she’s been cut in two!”

erotophonophile
erotophonophile
August 27, 2023 2:26 am

chema is so cute. a strange little dude who loves snuff films…we all probably can see ourselves in him. plus his relationship with angela was really sweet.

V
V
October 1, 2022 1:57 am

“Death to Videodrome – Long live the Spirit of the Beehive” – #44

ifuckincant
ifuckincant
September 19, 2022 8:09 pm

Give the people what they want. What a great film! Great mix of psychological thriller and even comedic elements. Great acting and memorable leads!

john marybeth jr
john marybeth jr
September 2, 2022 12:01 am

very sad that chema gets no pussy 🙁

Porușniuc Adina
Porușniuc Adina
January 18, 2022 2:32 pm

Snuff 102 and Tesis , two great spanish movies!

joe126
joe126
January 17, 2022 9:20 pm

Great movie

mooomooo
mooomooo
January 17, 2022 8:08 pm

Chema is the best! He should practically be on the banner for this website as the mascot, he is us lol.

tonyelmono
tonyelmono
December 17, 2021 9:16 am

long, boring, and overrated. I watched it becuase of the 4+ stars. Couldn’t get over the many plot flaws.

big drip
big drip
April 1, 2021 9:36 pm

Suspenseful, thrilling and keeps you guessing until the end. Highly recommend!

Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
January 4, 2021 12:08 am

I enjoyed this film. Granted, there were a few holes in the plot, but hey everything seemed to come together at the end. Well made. Well acted. Well written and well filmed. Still, I wish we would have gotten to see the guy bisected by the train…. Now I’d buy that for a dollar!

Aurelia
Aurelia
September 15, 2020 8:28 pm

This is my favorite movie of all time, it’s been for 10 years now. Good to have it here.

evad wall
evad wall
September 9, 2020 6:22 am

Solid film. Very DePalmaesque.

Pamela
Pamela
July 26, 2020 6:16 pm

I enjoyed this film. Thanks for adding it this site!

Christopher M Montoya
Christopher M Montoya
January 28, 2019 2:42 am

Does this have English subs?

BungaBill
BungaBill
November 24, 2018 7:49 am

Honestly a fantastic film. Very relatable and funny character in Chema, and an excellent performance from the protagonist. The plot keeps you guessing and engaged till the very end. Overall would highly recommend.

First Impression: 8.8/10