Tesis (1996)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 46

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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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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

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

Does this have English subs?

Pamela
Pamela
July 26, 2020 6:16 pm

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

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

Solid film. Very DePalmaesque.

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

joe126
joe126
January 17, 2022 9:20 pm

Great movie

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

Snuff 102 and Tesis , two great spanish movies!