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El Espinazo del Diablo
(2001)

AKA: The Devil's Backbone

Country: Spain

Genre: Horror

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A chilling ghost story set during the Spanish Civil War, The Devil's Backbone takes place in an orphanage in the desert where an unexploded bomb in the middle of the playground constantly reminds the children of the ongoing war. To make matters worse, the young Carlos befriends the ghost of a boy who died when the bomb originally fell.

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A great film. I'll never get tired of watching it. Fernando Tielve is superb.

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Cracking film that Guillermo del Toro has called his most personal work, and that must surely be his best, much better than e.g. The Shape of Water, which has some great visuals and one great character but suffers from simplistic and overly obvious plotting. Here, Fernando Tielve makes an appealing lead. He had never been in a film before and only auditioned to be an extra, but del Toro obviously got other ideas. Unlike many coming-of-age pictures set in orphanages and children's homes, this one depicts a place that, apart from the obvious bad apple, is OK by the standards of the time and run by decent people. It's also a bit unusual in that the protagonist is not a heavily-bullied shy outcast but quite bold and socially savvy.

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Excellent movie. Very sad and spooky, seems like it's set on a different planet. Mostof the boy leads are excellent, great cinematography, the director is not afraid of long close ups of their faces or bare feet. The plot is engrossing, the movie is well made, it's worth a view.

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