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Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar grabbed the attention of American audiences with his dreamy thriller Open Your Eyes, but he earlier sent shock waves throughout Spain in 1996 with this disturbing debut. Thesis is a quietly creepy psychological thriller about a young college student, Ángela (Ana Torrent) investigating the social fascination with sensational violence for her thesis project. In her search for violent video footage, she stumbles onto what may be a real live snuff film, a videotape that her professor was watching before his untimely death. With the help of a geeky gore junkie she uncovers a conspiracy that may include her handsome but sinister new boyfriend, her thesis advisor, and even her weirdo partner. When she uncovers one too many secrets lying in the catacombs of the university basement, she realizes that she may be the next victim. It goes on perhaps too long, and Amenábar's pointed observations on the lure of violence and the dark side of human nature are lost as the spiraling mystery spins into a first-person nightmare, but his skill at weaving a paranoid world where evil may lurk behind every friendly face is undeniable. Thesis is reminiscent of Brian De Palma's early thrillers: dark, stylish, subdued, and bubbling with the characters' guilty (and ultimately dangerous) fascination with the transgressive. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Maximum appreciation is achieved if one understands European Spanish, but the subtitles---British slang and all---do the job. The dialogue of Chema, especially, the offbeat, flawed, likeable geek, is a treat for the ears.
When I was a teenager in 1960's Spain, I had access only to movies given the imprimatur by the family-oriented Franco regime. Brigitte Bardot movies were banned; foreign movies were cut and dubbed; Spanish movies were maudlin pap, and Thesis would NEVER have been made. Under these Falangistas a great deal of suppressed genius went into inventing emabarrassing diseases that Francisco Franco was rumored to suffer.
Since 1975---the year that Franco did Spain the favor of dying---genius has burgeoned , and Thesis is a prime example.
Eat your heart out, Francisco!
Angela is writing her Thesis on audivisual violence. She has enlisted the help of her professor and her reclusive new friend Chema. Her professor has a heart attack while watching a snuff film found in the school's archives. Angela steals the tape before anyone else can get to it and she and Chema watch it. The film stars a missing co-ed and Chema believes they can find the film's origin by locating the unique camera that was used.
Are they looking for the filmmaker, or is the filmmaker looking for them? Is there more to Chema than he lets on? What kind of person is the mysterious and charming Bosco?
Alejandro Amenabar is BRILLIANT! This is a average story made extrodinary by it's brilliant director and wonderful actors. Fele Martinez is hysterical and poignant at the same time as Chema. Eduardo Noriega is mesmerizing as Bosco (I found myself wanting to stand and cheer every time he was on the screen). This is definitely a must see! It's 100% American in it's action, it's just spoken in a different language (you won't mind reading the sub-titles). If you love movies, give this one a chance. It will blow you away.
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The dvd was an older one but still crisp & watchable. This is a horror film about snuff that takes a little time to develop. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nicky Blade
An entertaining, thought provoking and at times truly scary first film. It reminds me of early DePalma, both in it's strengths and weaknesses. Read morePublished on April 26 2011 by K. Gordon
We wanted to make an "AMERICAN STYLE THRILLER!" says director Alejandro Amenabar and crew concerning the film "Thesis," so much so that you can practically see... Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by Jeffrey Leach
We should all be sad as humans that this type of movie gets made, that people praise the brutality of the images they see, and that so many people take pleasure in seeing death and... Read morePublished on March 2 2004
The fact that the snuff film industry actually exists is scary enough. This film is a chilling look at peoples obsession with money and violence. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by S. Sommerville
Angela's thesis is on the subject of violence in the media, and in order to aid in her research, she asks her professor to get a movie from the Univerisity's film library. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2003 by gac1003
The thing that's interesting is the word thesis. It can also mean a theme. Well, Alejandro Amenabar's theme and Angela's thesis are one and the same, examining people's morbidity... Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2002 by Daniel J. Hamlow
The picture quality seemed to be a little substandard on my DVD of Thesis, or possibly this is a faithful translation of the original material. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by simon gurney
La pelicula esta de más comentarla, es excelente por donde se la vea, basta decir que es dirigida por Amenabar; pero, y aqui comienzan lo peros, la presentacion deja mucho... Read morePublished on July 16 2002 by Juan Ponce