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The Abandoned (2006)

An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.

Director:

Nacho Cerdà

Writers:

Karim Hussain (screenplay), Nacho Cerdà (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anastasia Hille ... Marie Jones
Karel Roden ... Nicolai
Valentin Ganev ... Andrei Misharin / Kolya Kaidavosky
Paraskeva Djukelova Paraskeva Djukelova ... Marie's Mother
Carlos Reig-Plaza ... Anatoliy
Kalin Arsov ... Bearded Russian Patriarch Man '1966'
Svetlana Smoleva Svetlana Smoleva ... Bearded Patriarch's wife '1966'
Anna Panayotova Anna Panayotova ... Bearded Patriarch's daughter '1966'
Jordanka Angelova Jordanka Angelova ... Blind Woman 'present day'
Valentin Goshev Valentin Goshev ... Patriarch - present day
Jasmina Marinova Jasmina Marinova ... Patriarch's Wife
Monica Baunova Monica Baunova ... Emily
Marta Yaneva Marta Yaneva ... Natalya
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Storyline

In 1966, somewhere in Russia, a wounded woman drives a truck to an isolated farm with two babies. Forty years later, the film producer Marie Jones leaves her daughter in California and travels back to her home land in the wilderness of Russia. Marie is one of the children and had received a phone call from the notary public Andrei Misharin, who told her where the farm of her family is located. Marie arrives at the abandoned house and meets the stranger Nicolai, who tells her that he had also received a call from Misharin and he is her twin brother. Weird things happen in the house and Marie and Nicolai are haunted by zombie-like ghosts of themselves. Further, they find that they are trapped in the house and can not leave the place. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Death never runs out of time. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, some disturbing images, nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Spain | UK | Bulgaria

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abandonnée See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,482,000, 19 November 2006

Gross USA:

$1,653,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,529,892
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The basic crux of the movie was based on an original script that Karim Hussain wrote in 1999, titled "The Bleeding Compass". See more »

Goofs

After Marie rows across the river and starts walking, the boat started to float away. The first shot shows the front of the boat (pointed end) toward Marie, moving backward. The second shot shows the boat moving forward with the rear facing Marie. Then the last shot of the boat shows the front pointing toward Marie again moving backward. See more »

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Features Arachnid (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Natalya
Composed by David Kristian
Performed by David Kristian
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good start
13 February 2007 | by kevinjourneySee all my reviews

The abandoned is a great film and a testimony to Nacho Cerda's ability to direct. This film takes you to a place you really wouldn't want to go. Set in the woods of Russia, where even the Olga boat man wouldn't show, the fright level of this film is high and the suspense will have you on the edge of your seat for the duration of the movie. The main character (Marie) Anastasia Hill does an excellent job and keeps you in a state of suspense. Karel Roden (Nicolai) plays a great character and compliments (Marie) in a good way. The movie has a wonderful story/plot and is not afraid to throw the ball when it comes to horror movies. Cerda did not pull any punches and hits the horror movie scene with a right cross to the jaw.


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