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''El Internado'' is a Spanish TV drama thriller that debuted in 24 May 2007 and finished on 13 October 2010, after 7 seasons and 71 episodes. It is considered one of the best Spanish TV series ever due to its successful mix of drama, romance and mystery, that attracted many people from all ages.

The series starts with the Novoa Pazos siblings, 16-year-old Marcos (Martín Rivas) and 5-year-old Paula (Carlota García), arriving to the ''Internado Laguna Negra'' (''Black Lagoon Boarding School'' in Spanish), a school created by its current headmaster, Héctor de la Vega (Luis Merlo), in the middle of a forest quite far away from the city, at the start of the school year. Their parents disappeared while they were travelling on a ship in the Aegean Sea, and now they have found that Héctor is their new tutor. At the same time, a woman called María Almagro (Marta Torné) arrives to take a job as the one in charge of cleaning the building, but her reasons for being at the Laguna Negra are very different: her son, who was sold by her boyfriend when she gave birth, is studying at the school, and she is determined to finally meet him sixteen years after she gave brith to him.

There, both Marcos and Paula will meet people their age. He will make friends with Iván Noiret León (Yon González), son of the main shareholder of the boarding school [[spoiler:and María's son]]; Carolina "Carol" Leal Solís (Ana de Armas), Iván's girlfriend, and whom Marcos is immediately attracted to; Roque Sánchez Navas (Daniel Retuerta), one of Iván's best friends, and Victoria "Vicky" Martínez (Elena Furiase), a very intelligent girl and best friends with Carol. Meanwhile, Paula makes friends with Evelyn (Denissé Peña), a happy-go-lucky girl who seems to be very knowledgeable of the adult world, but with twisted facts as she doesn't actually understand everything.

However, things soon take a turn towards the weird and mysterious when one of the professors, Alfonso Ceballos (Paco Merino) tells Carol and Vicky that they are in danger of dying, and disappears a few days later. From there on, the teenagers start to investigate what happened to him, without knowing that behind of not only Alfonso's disappearance, but also Marcos' parents' disappearance and indeed the very past and future of everyone living in the school is an old conspiracy tied to the origins of the boarding school as an orphanage and the actions of a group of people trying to prevent that conspiracy from actually taking fruit.
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!!Examples:
* AbusiveParents: Jacques Noiret killed his own wife when Iván was 1 year old, and the next fifteen years he mistreated both his son and all of his girlfriends. This has many consequences in that Iván has a very hard time to connect with other people, and a time later Iván testifies against his father.
* ActionGirl: between the adults, Nora and Rebeca (and maybe María). Among the girls, Julia and perhaps Carol.
* AFatherToHisMen: Saúl, the boss of the Organization, although he is a bit cold and calculating, does his best to help the men under his orders.
* ArcNumber: 07 15 24 35 44 57. They appear in the third-to-last episode, but they become fundamental as they are required to make the healing machine work. Sharp-eyed fans realised why those numbers were chosen: they were the numbers of the first episodes of each season, starting with season 2.
* {{Badass}}: Fermín is this, all the way to hell.
* BigDamnHeroes: Iván pulls this off several times: the first to save María from an armed man, the second to save Julia from her former lover [[spoiler:(who is also one of the bad guys)]], the third to save Julia from dying when [[ItMakesSenseInContext the top of the water she is having a hot bath in is suddenly frozen by Eva]].
** Héctor manages to pull this off in the end of the series, preventing a group of soldiers from shooting at the teenagers (amongst them [[spoiler:his nephew and niece]] Marcos and Paula).
** Amaia does this twice in the last episode of the 6th season, saving Marcos from being shot [[spoiler:although considering that she is one of the bad guys, it would be more of a BigDamnVillains thing]].
** Vicky saves Paula from [[spoiler:Amaia]] by hitting her with a shovel. While saying "[[PrecisionFStrike Puta acoplada]]".
* BigNo: when Ritter Wulf [[spoiler:sees the grenades falling down the tube just when he was about to revive his daughter Eva]].
** Marcos as [[spoiler:he holds the dying Carol in his arms]].
* BilingualBonus: the flashbacks conversations in German.
* BittersweetEnding: sure, the students are healthy, Iván is with Julia, the Espí siblings are finally together and with Marcos, Paula and Samuel, the still surviving members of the Proyecto Géminis have been arrested but... [[spoiler:Carol, Marcos' greatest love, is dead]], [[spoiler:Elsa, Héctor's former girlfriend, is dead]], [[spoiler:Fermín died in the hands of María, with whom he had gotten married just two days before]], [[spoiler:Iván has Alzheimer]] and [[spoiler:the school has been destroyed by the main characters in a ploy to distract the bad guys]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Julia can talk with the dead, but it terrifies her, and the first time she saw a ghost (her father's) she told her mother and was sent to a psychiatric hospital. Lucas may be able to dream about the future, but he wets his bed whenever it happens (although, at least he knows when a dream will become reality and when not). Rebeca can see the bad things people have done, but this includes assassinations and the like - it really screwed her over when she was six and was asked to see where a serial killer was holding his last would-be-victim.
* BoardingSchool: it is where 99% of the series takes place.
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: not exactly like that for nearly everyone in the school (in fact it's quite nice). It gains this category for the main teenager characters when they realise what the hell is actually going on and the bad guys know that the teens are in the secret.
* TheButcher: Ritter Wulf [[spoiler:also known as Santiago Pazos, Marcos' and Paula grandfather and Samuel's and Irene's biological father]] is nicknamed "The Butcher of Belzec".
* ButNotTooForeign: some of the guys are German, but you wouldn't know if they didn't tell you since they have no accent at all and never do anything German-y.
** Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that all of the Germans have been living in Spain for decades, and have been making a great effort to supress anything that might point others towards their true identities.
* ButtMonkey: Roque.
* CloudCuckooLander: Evelyn is very much like this - whenever she hears something that she doesn't understand, she often twists that in some way - and very often drags Paula into her (mis-)adventures.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Jacques Noiret is a successful businessman and a cinema productor. At one point he becomes the director of a pharmaceutical company called OTTOX [[spoiler:which is a front for the Proyecto Géminis' experiments,]] thanks to his ownership of stock in the company [[spoiler:which is actually Iván's and Jacques got after deceiving Iván so that he signed his consent for Jacques to have parental custody]]. It takes him till the end of season 6 to actually do something good for Iván.
* DawsonCasting: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] at the start of the series, because the main teenager characters' and the actors' ages were quite similar - never more than 1 or 2 years older. Four years later, the difference was about 4-5 years.
* DeadpanSnarker: Iván and Julia.
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler:Carol]] nearly dies this way by falling down a tower after [[spoiler:Roque]] hits her so that she doesn't discover he's TheMole. However, [[TearJerker the injuries cause her death a day later]]...
* EasterEgg: the numbers 07 15 24 35 44 57. They appear in the third-to-last episode, but they become fundamental as they are required to make the healing machine work. Sharp-eyed fans realised why those numbers were chosen: they were the numbers of the first episodes of each season, starting with season 2.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: it takes Iván some time to accept that María is his mother, but when he does, he will do anything to protect her.
** Inverted in case of BigBad Ritter Wulf. He is one of the most hated characters in the series for what he does to the main characters... but most of what he does is for her first daughter Eva [[spoiler:who got infected with TheVirus he had developed and he started to work on finding a cure for his daughter, even if it meant cloning her twice, experimenting both with the clones and with many other orphans and finally intending to kill Paula in order to harvest her organs and use them to revive Eva]].
** Also inverted with Jacques Noiret. He is perfectly willing to blackmail his son Iván if he doesn't do what he (Jacques) wants, but when he meets his son from other relationship, he realises what a bastard he has been and [[spoiler:lets Iván go when having to choose between shooting him or letting him destroy the plans Wulf has been working on for many years]]. Of course, [[VillainousBreakdown this turns him mad]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Roque]] does this so that the bad guys don't use him as a guinea pig for TheVirus.
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Garrido and Amaia]]: they were always part of the bad guys, they just hid it very well.
** Averted with Lucía. When she disappears and all her work in trying to make more medicines is destroyed, everyone assumes this. In fact, [[spoiler:she was killed to prevent her from making the medicines and give people a chance to survive]].
* FakeDefector: María is blackmailed to get information about the Organization. After a first half-assed attempt that fails completely, she confesses to Fermín what she was trying to do and then turns into this.
* FanFic: [[http://www.zonaelinternado.com/ ZonaElInternado]] hosts a community of Fanfic writers (it's in Spanish).
* FanNickname: Amaia suffers the most from this. In an interesting case, the fans at Zona El Internado (the biggest community of fans for this TV series) called her Heidi (after [[Literature/{{Heidi}} the animation character]]) because she seemed to be strolling happily into danger without knowing what was going on, and then the storywriters had the characters call her that derisively (especially Iván). Her other most popular nickname is ''la acoplada'' (literally translated, ''the coupled''), which is what Vicky calls her, because she tried to join the group after occupying Carol's bed in the girls' room. [[spoiler:Of course, when, in the last episode, Vicky discovers Amaia (whom she has never trusted for her attempts to replace Carol, who was her best friend ever) is TheMole, she manages to knock her out with a shovel and spits out "Puta acoplada")]].
* FlashBack: how many of the most important details are presented to the viewers.
* FlashForward: during seasons 5 and 6, a series of interviews between a policewoman and several characters, stated to be about 3-4 years after the actual series, were held so that some extra details could be revealed and to help viewers remember what was happening in the boarding school. [[spoiler:After Carol's death, it had to be [[RetCon RetConned]] because one of the interviews was with her; the last interview revealed that all of them were actually the hallucinations of a mad Jacques Noiret, imagining them again and again.]]
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: one of the things the Proyecto Géminis have been developing ever since it started [[spoiler:back into the 1940s]].
* GratuitousGerman: Justified, as [[spoiler:the ''Proyecto Géminis''' founders are Nazi Germans and use this language when they are alone]]. Also, [[spoiler:one diary the teens find is in German]].
* GreenEyedMonster: when Carol starts to think that maybe Amelia is part of the bad guys, most of her friends (especially Marcos, who is in a relation with Amelia) think it's just envy. Carol was right.
** This happens to Iván when he sees Julia approaching a guy he thoroughly dislikes.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Amaia]] killed Max Levov with a syringe containing a substance that killed practically in seconds. When she attempts to do the same on Paula and Vicky hits her with a shovel, she accidentally sticks it into herself and dies.
* HumanPopsicle: the most important one is Eva [[spoiler:Wulf: she has been held in a criogenization machine since 1945 (the series start in september 2007 and ends in october 2008) and cloned twice so that her father could invent a cure for TheVirus he had created and she had been accidentally infected with]]. Also, Julia becomes this for a few seconds [[spoiler:when Eva attempts to force her to go to the underground passageways and free her]] and nearly dies from hypothermia.
* IdenticalGrandson: Justified. Paula looks exactly like her mother at age 6 [[spoiler:and her sort-of-aunt Eva]] because she is a clone of her mother. Of course, Carlota García ends up playing all of them.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: in the 7th season, Iván attempts to pull this, when he learns that [[spoiler:the medicines that are keeping his illness from TheVirus at hold have triggered Alzheimer on him and he is losing his memories]] and decides to break up with Julia when the illness starts to affect his relationship with her, preferring that she lives happily without him rather than becoming a load for her. It doesn't work as well as he thought, because they love each other too much, and everyone calls him on this, wondering why he broke up with her when they were better than ever. In the end, Iván accepts that other people may actually want to be with him even if he is ill and reconciles with Julia.
* InfantImmortality: very much averted. One of Héctor's flashbacks shows how his friends were captured by the bad guys when the school was an orphanage, and several years later Marcos and his friends discover Héctor's friends' corpses. Also, Jacinta's granddaughter died in a car accident.
* Informed Judaism: Fermín. JustifiedTrope since [[spoiler: it's not convenient to be "too jewish" in a place filled with nazis]].
* {{Irony}}: in one of the first episodes, Roque, with the help of Cayetano and Iván, pulled a prank on María where Roque simulated that he had hanged himself in the bathroom. In season 7, he nearly kills himself by hanging on the shed, but stops because someone enters the shed. The day before everyone is healed, he is found hanging from a tree. [[spoiler:He didn't actually commit suicide, but was killed by [[TheMole Lt Garrido]] and he simulated his suicide so that he didn't get caught.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Iván. He may have pranked Marcos a few too many times, insulted all his friends way too many times, argued with both Carol and Julia (especially Julia), insulted his own mother... but when he wants he can be a very thoughtful and nice guy, and will jump to defend any of them if given a chance.
* KillItWithFire: averted with Camilo. [[spoiler:At the end of season 5, he burns alive, but season 6 shows that he survived, although with horrific burns.]] Played straight with Hugo [[spoiler:who burns alive in an incident similar to that of Camilo, but this time he dies]], the healing machine and the school building.
* MayDecemberRomance: Marcos enters a relationship with Amelia, the 5 and 6-years-old teacher, after he realises that being with Carol would be very difficult due to his friendship with Iván. Amelia ends up being fired for having a romantic relationship with a student, but she comes back later. [[spoiler:She was being blackmailed into seducing Marcos so that the BigBad could learn what the teenagers knew about the conspiracy.]]
* McLeaned: This happened to [[spoiler:Carol]] after [[spoiler:Ana de Armas]] decided to leave the series.
** Also to [[spoiler:Jacques Noiret]] when the actor went to the United States.
* MrFanservice: scenes with Marcos or Iván without their top are quite a hit among teenage girls.
* MsFanservice: In her first class, Julia wears a T-shirt saying "Don't look at my boobies". When Héctor tells her to pull it off (as in telling her to go back to her room and change into the uniform), Julia pulls the T-shirt off in the class and stands there in her bra.
** [[SheCleansUpNicely When she wears a drees, Carol is stunningly beautiful]].
* ThePlan: Garrido played one to get inside the school and derail the plans to get more medicines.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:Amaia]] is holding Paula, threatening to kill her unless Marcos backs up... and then [[BigDamnHeroes Vicky arrives]] and [[MomentOfAwesome hits her on her head with a shovel]], saying "Puta acoplada".
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Roque is killed, but [[spoiler:he managed to record on his mobile phone how Garrido was burying Lucía before the soldier saw him. The phone would be found by Julia later, and this would clue them into the fact that Garrido was not actually helping them.]]
** Subverted with Jacques Noiret: his redemption turned him mad.
* SlapSlapKiss: the initial basis for Iván and Julia's relationship.
* SuperpowerLottery: surprising for this kind of TV series, four characters have something that could be said to be a superpower. Julia (2nd season) sees ghosts and can talk with them, Lucas (4th season) can dream with the future, Rebeca (5th season) can see the bad things people have done by touching them and Max (7th season) is able to hijack people's dreams in order to talk with them.
* TakahashiCouple: Iván and Julia.
* {{Tearjerker}}: [[spoiler:Cayetano's death]] in between the 1st and 2nd season.
** Most fights [[spoiler:between Iván and Julia]] and [[spoiler:Marcos and Carol]].
** The Gnome ([[spoiler:Elsa's twin brother whom she had never known was alive]]) dying when the police shoot at him.
** [[spoiler:Nacho's death from TheVirus]] and [[spoiler:having to leave his body behind so that they don't get caught by the bad guys]] in the 5th season.
** [[spoiler:Carolina's death]] was one of the biggest in the whole series, and made everyone sad, especially [[spoiler:when Carol dies in Marcos' arms, considering that the last thing they had done was to fight]]. Compounded when [[spoiler:a few days later, in the anniversary of their first kiss, Marcos gets a bottle of wine with a letter from Carol forgiving him for the fights they have gotten into, and Marcos has a flashback to the happiest day of his life, when he and Carol made love in the pigeon house]].
** [[spoiler:Elsa's death from TheVirus]], with only Jacinta, who had hated her for most of the series, making her company (not that she wasn't beloved, she just didn't want people to know that she was dying).
** [[spoiler:Fermín's death]] just when everyone was healed and saved from death, also [[spoiler:in the arms of his beloved, María]].
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Cayetano's death at the hands of Jacques Noiret is passed over as an overdose, Nacho's and Carol's are passed over as "having left the school", Pedro's suicide is implied to have been a cover for his assassination and there are way too many car accidents killing people around.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Roque]] becomes this when he discovers that he is going to be killed with TheVirus.
** [[spoiler:Amelia]] was one from the start of the series, but it was [[spoiler:because the bad guys had her brother hostage]].
** During the quarantine, [[spoiler:Garrido and Amaia]] are this all the way to hell.
* TheVideogameOfTheSeries: a videogame for NintendoDS was released in 2008, featuring gameplay through the first four seasons.
* TheVirus: the one here can kill in 48 hours unless you have a special medicine every day. It starts becoming an important issue in the 5th season; [[spoiler:the main characters are purposefully infected with it by the bad guys]] in the end of the 5th season; in the end of the 6th season, [[spoiler:a flask with the virus breaks in the middle of the school]]; [[spoiler:most of the school becomes infected by it]] mid-season 7; by the end of the series, [[spoiler:three main characters (Nacho, Saúl and Elsa), plus several unnamed beggars, have died from it, and everyone else is healed thanks to a weird machine that completely eliminates it]].
* [[spoiler:ThoseWackyNazis]]: A group of them is the Big Bad behind everything that happens in this series.
* ThrowItIn: Amaia's FanNickname, Heidi, was one that that was coined before the writers decided to use it in-universe.
* TrueCompanions: Starting in the 3rd season, Marcos, Carol, Iván, Julia, Roque and Vicky become these as they investigate what's happening on the school. [[spoiler:Broken when Vicky decides to stop investigating so that she doesn't get killed, further broken when Roque betrays his friends and even further when Carol dies]]. By the end of the series, [[spoiler:Marcos, Iván, Julia and Vicky]] are the only ones remaining, but they are still these.
** TheHero: Marcos (probably).
** TheLancer: shared between Carol and Iván.
** TheBigGuy: shared between Marcos and Iván.
** TheSmartGuy: Vicky.
** TheChick: Carol, Julia, Roque and Vicky sometimes occupy this role.
** ActionGirl: Julia mostly, although Carol and Vicky would sometimes do this as well.
** SixthRanger: Roque's and Amaia's territory. [[spoiler:The fact that BOTH of them turn out to be TheMole turns out to be an important thing...]]
* VillainousBreakdown / VillainousBSOD: Jacques Noiret suffers this at the end of the 6th season. [[spoiler:He meets his son from other relationship, who suffers photophobia, and the kid tells him he wants to be as courageous as him and Iván (here he realises that he has been a great prick). Then, after Roque finally grows a spine and tells him he isn't going to collaborate with him anymore, Jacques infects him with TheVirus and tells Roque that he is a coward: when Roque says he prefers being a coward than a monster, it unsettles him really bad. And when he faces Iván and has to choose between obeying orders from Ritter Wulf or letting his son go, he chooses the latter and finally runs away.]] All of this[[spoiler:,combined with the "help" of a psychiatrist that works for the Proyecto Géminis]] is more than enough to make him go mad.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Marcos and Carol go through this for several seasons, with some blissful moments (such as the encounter in the bath) until they seem to finally settle down in the fifth-sixth season. Then, [[spoiler:Carol dies, and Marcos never has other girlfriend in the run of the series (admittedly, between Carol's death and the end of the series only a few weeks pass]].
** Also, Iván and Julia. They spend seasons 3 to 7 breaking up and coming back. It is clear from season 4 that they love each other deeply, but Iván's jealousness and their easily irritable tempers always get the best of them. Season 7 had Iván break up with Julia and lie to her because [[spoiler:he had just learned that he had Alzheimer [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy and was determined not to become a load for Julia]]]]. Eventually, Julia would learn what was going on with him, but it still took Iván some time to realise that he couldn't go on without Julia.
* YouAreNotMyFather: Iván pulls this one against María because Jacques Noiret has shown him proof that María can't actually have sons (this is because, after she gave birth, Jacques had her uterus extracted). When Iván realises what Noiret did, he does this against him.

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''El Internado'' is a Spanish TV drama thriller that debuted in 24 May 2007 and finished on 13 October 2010, after 7 seasons and 71 episodes. It is considered one of the best Spanish TV series ever due to its successful mix of drama, romance and mystery, that attracted many people from all ages.

The series starts with the Novoa Pazos siblings, 16-year-old Marcos (Martín Rivas) and 5-year-old Paula (Carlota García), arriving to the ''Internado Laguna Negra'' (''Black Lagoon Boarding School'' in Spanish), a school created by its current headmaster, Héctor de la Vega (Luis Merlo), in the middle of a forest quite far away from the city, at the start of the school year. Their parents disappeared while they were travelling on a ship in the Aegean Sea, and now they have found that Héctor is their new tutor. At the same time, a woman called María Almagro (Marta Torné) arrives to take a job as the one in charge of cleaning the building, but her reasons for being at the Laguna Negra are very different: her son, who was sold by her boyfriend when she gave birth, is studying at the school, and she is determined to finally meet him sixteen years after she gave brith to him.

There, both Marcos and Paula will meet people their age. He will make friends with Iván Noiret León (Yon González), son of the main shareholder of the boarding school [[spoiler:and María's son]]; Carolina "Carol" Leal Solís (Ana de Armas), Iván's girlfriend, and whom Marcos is immediately attracted to; Roque Sánchez Navas (Daniel Retuerta), one of Iván's best friends, and Victoria "Vicky" Martínez (Elena Furiase), a very intelligent girl and best friends with Carol. Meanwhile, Paula makes friends with Evelyn (Denissé Peña), a happy-go-lucky girl who seems to be very knowledgeable of the adult world, but with twisted facts as she doesn't actually understand everything.

However, things soon take a turn towards the weird and mysterious when one of the professors, Alfonso Ceballos (Paco Merino) tells Carol and Vicky that they are in danger of dying, and disappears a few days later. From there on, the teenagers start to investigate what happened to him, without knowing that behind of not only Alfonso's disappearance, but also Marcos' parents' disappearance and indeed the very past and future of everyone living in the school is an old conspiracy tied to the origins of the boarding school as an orphanage and the actions of a group of people trying to prevent that conspiracy from actually taking fruit.
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!!Examples:
* AbusiveParents: Jacques Noiret killed his own wife when Iván was 1 year old, and the next fifteen years he mistreated both his son and all of his girlfriends. This has many consequences in that Iván has a very hard time to connect with other people, and a time later Iván testifies against his father.
* ActionGirl: between the adults, Nora and Rebeca (and maybe María). Among the girls, Julia and perhaps Carol.
* AFatherToHisMen: Saúl, the boss of the Organization, although he is a bit cold and calculating, does his best to help the men under his orders.
* ArcNumber: 07 15 24 35 44 57. They appear in the third-to-last episode, but they become fundamental as they are required to make the healing machine work. Sharp-eyed fans realised why those numbers were chosen: they were the numbers of the first episodes of each season, starting with season 2.
* {{Badass}}: Fermín is this, all the way to hell.
* BigDamnHeroes: Iván pulls this off several times: the first to save María from an armed man, the second to save Julia from her former lover [[spoiler:(who is also one of the bad guys)]], the third to save Julia from dying when [[ItMakesSenseInContext the top of the water she is having a hot bath in is suddenly frozen by Eva]].
** Héctor manages to pull this off in the end of the series, preventing a group of soldiers from shooting at the teenagers (amongst them [[spoiler:his nephew and niece]] Marcos and Paula).
** Amaia does this twice in the last episode of the 6th season, saving Marcos from being shot [[spoiler:although considering that she is one of the bad guys, it would be more of a BigDamnVillains thing]].
** Vicky saves Paula from [[spoiler:Amaia]] by hitting her with a shovel. While saying "[[PrecisionFStrike Puta acoplada]]".
* BigNo: when Ritter Wulf [[spoiler:sees the grenades falling down the tube just when he was about to revive his daughter Eva]].
** Marcos as [[spoiler:he holds the dying Carol in his arms]].
* BilingualBonus: the flashbacks conversations in German.
* BittersweetEnding: sure, the students are healthy, Iván is with Julia, the Espí siblings are finally together and with Marcos, Paula and Samuel, the still surviving members of the Proyecto Géminis have been arrested but... [[spoiler:Carol, Marcos' greatest love, is dead]], [[spoiler:Elsa, Héctor's former girlfriend, is dead]], [[spoiler:Fermín died in the hands of María, with whom he had gotten married just two days before]], [[spoiler:Iván has Alzheimer]] and [[spoiler:the school has been destroyed by the main characters in a ploy to distract the bad guys]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Julia can talk with the dead, but it terrifies her, and the first time she saw a ghost (her father's) she told her mother and was sent to a psychiatric hospital. Lucas may be able to dream about the future, but he wets his bed whenever it happens (although, at least he knows when a dream will become reality and when not). Rebeca can see the bad things people have done, but this includes assassinations and the like - it really screwed her over when she was six and was asked to see where a serial killer was holding his last would-be-victim.
* BoardingSchool: it is where 99% of the series takes place.
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: not exactly like that for nearly everyone in the school (in fact it's quite nice). It gains this category for the main teenager characters when they realise what the hell is actually going on and the bad guys know that the teens are in the secret.
* TheButcher: Ritter Wulf [[spoiler:also known as Santiago Pazos, Marcos' and Paula grandfather and Samuel's and Irene's biological father]] is nicknamed "The Butcher of Belzec".
* ButNotTooForeign: some of the guys are German, but you wouldn't know if they didn't tell you since they have no accent at all and never do anything German-y.
** Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that all of the Germans have been living in Spain for decades, and have been making a great effort to supress anything that might point others towards their true identities.
* ButtMonkey: Roque.
* CloudCuckooLander: Evelyn is very much like this - whenever she hears something that she doesn't understand, she often twists that in some way - and very often drags Paula into her (mis-)adventures.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Jacques Noiret is a successful businessman and a cinema productor. At one point he becomes the director of a pharmaceutical company called OTTOX [[spoiler:which is a front for the Proyecto Géminis' experiments,]] thanks to his ownership of stock in the company [[spoiler:which is actually Iván's and Jacques got after deceiving Iván so that he signed his consent for Jacques to have parental custody]]. It takes him till the end of season 6 to actually do something good for Iván.
* DawsonCasting: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] at the start of the series, because the main teenager characters' and the actors' ages were quite similar - never more than 1 or 2 years older. Four years later, the difference was about 4-5 years.
* DeadpanSnarker: Iván and Julia.
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler:Carol]] nearly dies this way by falling down a tower after [[spoiler:Roque]] hits her so that she doesn't discover he's TheMole. However, [[TearJerker the injuries cause her death a day later]]...
* EasterEgg: the numbers 07 15 24 35 44 57. They appear in the third-to-last episode, but they become fundamental as they are required to make the healing machine work. Sharp-eyed fans realised why those numbers were chosen: they were the numbers of the first episodes of each season, starting with season 2.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: it takes Iván some time to accept that María is his mother, but when he does, he will do anything to protect her.
** Inverted in case of BigBad Ritter Wulf. He is one of the most hated characters in the series for what he does to the main characters... but most of what he does is for her first daughter Eva [[spoiler:who got infected with TheVirus he had developed and he started to work on finding a cure for his daughter, even if it meant cloning her twice, experimenting both with the clones and with many other orphans and finally intending to kill Paula in order to harvest her organs and use them to revive Eva]].
** Also inverted with Jacques Noiret. He is perfectly willing to blackmail his son Iván if he doesn't do what he (Jacques) wants, but when he meets his son from other relationship, he realises what a bastard he has been and [[spoiler:lets Iván go when having to choose between shooting him or letting him destroy the plans Wulf has been working on for many years]]. Of course, [[VillainousBreakdown this turns him mad]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Roque]] does this so that the bad guys don't use him as a guinea pig for TheVirus.
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Garrido and Amaia]]: they were always part of the bad guys, they just hid it very well.
** Averted with Lucía. When she disappears and all her work in trying to make more medicines is destroyed, everyone assumes this. In fact, [[spoiler:she was killed to prevent her from making the medicines and give people a chance to survive]].
* FakeDefector: María is blackmailed to get information about the Organization. After a first half-assed attempt that fails completely, she confesses to Fermín what she was trying to do and then turns into this.
* FanFic: [[http://www.zonaelinternado.com/ ZonaElInternado]] hosts a community of Fanfic writers (it's in Spanish).
* FanNickname: Amaia suffers the most from this. In an interesting case, the fans at Zona El Internado (the biggest community of fans for this TV series) called her Heidi (after [[Literature/{{Heidi}} the animation character]]) because she seemed to be strolling happily into danger without knowing what was going on, and then the storywriters had the characters call her that derisively (especially Iván). Her other most popular nickname is ''la acoplada'' (literally translated, ''the coupled''), which is what Vicky calls her, because she tried to join the group after occupying Carol's bed in the girls' room. [[spoiler:Of course, when, in the last episode, Vicky discovers Amaia (whom she has never trusted for her attempts to replace Carol, who was her best friend ever) is TheMole, she manages to knock her out with a shovel and spits out "Puta acoplada")]].
* FlashBack: how many of the most important details are presented to the viewers.
* FlashForward: during seasons 5 and 6, a series of interviews between a policewoman and several characters, stated to be about 3-4 years after the actual series, were held so that some extra details could be revealed and to help viewers remember what was happening in the boarding school. [[spoiler:After Carol's death, it had to be [[RetCon RetConned]] because one of the interviews was with her; the last interview revealed that all of them were actually the hallucinations of a mad Jacques Noiret, imagining them again and again.]]
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: one of the things the Proyecto Géminis have been developing ever since it started [[spoiler:back into the 1940s]].
* GratuitousGerman: Justified, as [[spoiler:the ''Proyecto Géminis''' founders are Nazi Germans and use this language when they are alone]]. Also, [[spoiler:one diary the teens find is in German]].
* GreenEyedMonster: when Carol starts to think that maybe Amelia is part of the bad guys, most of her friends (especially Marcos, who is in a relation with Amelia) think it's just envy. Carol was right.
** This happens to Iván when he sees Julia approaching a guy he thoroughly dislikes.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Amaia]] killed Max Levov with a syringe containing a substance that killed practically in seconds. When she attempts to do the same on Paula and Vicky hits her with a shovel, she accidentally sticks it into herself and dies.
* HumanPopsicle: the most important one is Eva [[spoiler:Wulf: she has been held in a criogenization machine since 1945 (the series start in september 2007 and ends in october 2008) and cloned twice so that her father could invent a cure for TheVirus he had created and she had been accidentally infected with]]. Also, Julia becomes this for a few seconds [[spoiler:when Eva attempts to force her to go to the underground passageways and free her]] and nearly dies from hypothermia.
* IdenticalGrandson: Justified. Paula looks exactly like her mother at age 6 [[spoiler:and her sort-of-aunt Eva]] because she is a clone of her mother. Of course, Carlota García ends up playing all of them.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: in the 7th season, Iván attempts to pull this, when he learns that [[spoiler:the medicines that are keeping his illness from TheVirus at hold have triggered Alzheimer on him and he is losing his memories]] and decides to break up with Julia when the illness starts to affect his relationship with her, preferring that she lives happily without him rather than becoming a load for her. It doesn't work as well as he thought, because they love each other too much, and everyone calls him on this, wondering why he broke up with her when they were better than ever. In the end, Iván accepts that other people may actually want to be with him even if he is ill and reconciles with Julia.
* InfantImmortality: very much averted. One of Héctor's flashbacks shows how his friends were captured by the bad guys when the school was an orphanage, and several years later Marcos and his friends discover Héctor's friends' corpses. Also, Jacinta's granddaughter died in a car accident.
* Informed Judaism: Fermín. JustifiedTrope since [[spoiler: it's not convenient to be "too jewish" in a place filled with nazis]].
* {{Irony}}: in one of the first episodes, Roque, with the help of Cayetano and Iván, pulled a prank on María where Roque simulated that he had hanged himself in the bathroom. In season 7, he nearly kills himself by hanging on the shed, but stops because someone enters the shed. The day before everyone is healed, he is found hanging from a tree. [[spoiler:He didn't actually commit suicide, but was killed by [[TheMole Lt Garrido]] and he simulated his suicide so that he didn't get caught.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Iván. He may have pranked Marcos a few too many times, insulted all his friends way too many times, argued with both Carol and Julia (especially Julia), insulted his own mother... but when he wants he can be a very thoughtful and nice guy, and will jump to defend any of them if given a chance.
* KillItWithFire: averted with Camilo. [[spoiler:At the end of season 5, he burns alive, but season 6 shows that he survived, although with horrific burns.]] Played straight with Hugo [[spoiler:who burns alive in an incident similar to that of Camilo, but this time he dies]], the healing machine and the school building.
* MayDecemberRomance: Marcos enters a relationship with Amelia, the 5 and 6-years-old teacher, after he realises that being with Carol would be very difficult due to his friendship with Iván. Amelia ends up being fired for having a romantic relationship with a student, but she comes back later. [[spoiler:She was being blackmailed into seducing Marcos so that the BigBad could learn what the teenagers knew about the conspiracy.]]
* McLeaned: This happened to [[spoiler:Carol]] after [[spoiler:Ana de Armas]] decided to leave the series.
** Also to [[spoiler:Jacques Noiret]] when the actor went to the United States.
* MrFanservice: scenes with Marcos or Iván without their top are quite a hit among teenage girls.
* MsFanservice: In her first class, Julia wears a T-shirt saying "Don't look at my boobies". When Héctor tells her to pull it off (as in telling her to go back to her room and change into the uniform), Julia pulls the T-shirt off in the class and stands there in her bra.
** [[SheCleansUpNicely When she wears a drees, Carol is stunningly beautiful]].
* ThePlan: Garrido played one to get inside the school and derail the plans to get more medicines.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:Amaia]] is holding Paula, threatening to kill her unless Marcos backs up... and then [[BigDamnHeroes Vicky arrives]] and [[MomentOfAwesome hits her on her head with a shovel]], saying "Puta acoplada".
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Roque is killed, but [[spoiler:he managed to record on his mobile phone how Garrido was burying Lucía before the soldier saw him. The phone would be found by Julia later, and this would clue them into the fact that Garrido was not actually helping them.]]
** Subverted with Jacques Noiret: his redemption turned him mad.
* SlapSlapKiss: the initial basis for Iván and Julia's relationship.
* SuperpowerLottery: surprising for this kind of TV series, four characters have something that could be said to be a superpower. Julia (2nd season) sees ghosts and can talk with them, Lucas (4th season) can dream with the future, Rebeca (5th season) can see the bad things people have done by touching them and Max (7th season) is able to hijack people's dreams in order to talk with them.
* TakahashiCouple: Iván and Julia.
* {{Tearjerker}}: [[spoiler:Cayetano's death]] in between the 1st and 2nd season.
** Most fights [[spoiler:between Iván and Julia]] and [[spoiler:Marcos and Carol]].
** The Gnome ([[spoiler:Elsa's twin brother whom she had never known was alive]]) dying when the police shoot at him.
** [[spoiler:Nacho's death from TheVirus]] and [[spoiler:having to leave his body behind so that they don't get caught by the bad guys]] in the 5th season.
** [[spoiler:Carolina's death]] was one of the biggest in the whole series, and made everyone sad, especially [[spoiler:when Carol dies in Marcos' arms, considering that the last thing they had done was to fight]]. Compounded when [[spoiler:a few days later, in the anniversary of their first kiss, Marcos gets a bottle of wine with a letter from Carol forgiving him for the fights they have gotten into, and Marcos has a flashback to the happiest day of his life, when he and Carol made love in the pigeon house]].
** [[spoiler:Elsa's death from TheVirus]], with only Jacinta, who had hated her for most of the series, making her company (not that she wasn't beloved, she just didn't want people to know that she was dying).
** [[spoiler:Fermín's death]] just when everyone was healed and saved from death, also [[spoiler:in the arms of his beloved, María]].
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Cayetano's death at the hands of Jacques Noiret is passed over as an overdose, Nacho's and Carol's are passed over as "having left the school", Pedro's suicide is implied to have been a cover for his assassination and there are way too many car accidents killing people around.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Roque]] becomes this when he discovers that he is going to be killed with TheVirus.
** [[spoiler:Amelia]] was one from the start of the series, but it was [[spoiler:because the bad guys had her brother hostage]].
** During the quarantine, [[spoiler:Garrido and Amaia]] are this all the way to hell.
* TheVideogameOfTheSeries: a videogame for NintendoDS was released in 2008, featuring gameplay through the first four seasons.
* TheVirus: the one here can kill in 48 hours unless you have a special medicine every day. It starts becoming an important issue in the 5th season; [[spoiler:the main characters are purposefully infected with it by the bad guys]] in the end of the 5th season; in the end of the 6th season, [[spoiler:a flask with the virus breaks in the middle of the school]]; [[spoiler:most of the school becomes infected by it]] mid-season 7; by the end of the series, [[spoiler:three main characters (Nacho, Saúl and Elsa), plus several unnamed beggars, have died from it, and everyone else is healed thanks to a weird machine that completely eliminates it]].
* [[spoiler:ThoseWackyNazis]]: A group of them is the Big Bad behind everything that happens in this series.
* ThrowItIn: Amaia's FanNickname, Heidi, was one that that was coined before the writers decided to use it in-universe.
* TrueCompanions: Starting in the 3rd season, Marcos, Carol, Iván, Julia, Roque and Vicky become these as they investigate what's happening on the school. [[spoiler:Broken when Vicky decides to stop investigating so that she doesn't get killed, further broken when Roque betrays his friends and even further when Carol dies]]. By the end of the series, [[spoiler:Marcos, Iván, Julia and Vicky]] are the only ones remaining, but they are still these.
** TheHero: Marcos (probably).
** TheLancer: shared between Carol and Iván.
** TheBigGuy: shared between Marcos and Iván.
** TheSmartGuy: Vicky.
** TheChick: Carol, Julia, Roque and Vicky sometimes occupy this role.
** ActionGirl: Julia mostly, although Carol and Vicky would sometimes do this as well.
** SixthRanger: Roque's and Amaia's territory. [[spoiler:The fact that BOTH of them turn out to be TheMole turns out to be an important thing...]]
* VillainousBreakdown / VillainousBSOD: Jacques Noiret suffers this at the end of the 6th season. [[spoiler:He meets his son from other relationship, who suffers photophobia, and the kid tells him he wants to be as courageous as him and Iván (here he realises that he has been a great prick). Then, after Roque finally grows a spine and tells him he isn't going to collaborate with him anymore, Jacques infects him with TheVirus and tells Roque that he is a coward: when Roque says he prefers being a coward than a monster, it unsettles him really bad. And when he faces Iván and has to choose between obeying orders from Ritter Wulf or letting his son go, he chooses the latter and finally runs away.]] All of this[[spoiler:,combined with the "help" of a psychiatrist that works for the Proyecto Géminis]] is more than enough to make him go mad.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Marcos and Carol go through this for several seasons, with some blissful moments (such as the encounter in the bath) until they seem to finally settle down in the fifth-sixth season. Then, [[spoiler:Carol dies, and Marcos never has other girlfriend in the run of the series (admittedly, between Carol's death and the end of the series only a few weeks pass]].
** Also, Iván and Julia. They spend seasons 3 to 7 breaking up and coming back. It is clear from season 4 that they love each other deeply, but Iván's jealousness and their easily irritable tempers always get the best of them. Season 7 had Iván break up with Julia and lie to her because [[spoiler:he had just learned that he had Alzheimer [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy and was determined not to become a load for Julia]]]]. Eventually, Julia would learn what was going on with him, but it still took Iván some time to realise that he couldn't go on without Julia.
* YouAreNotMyFather: Iván pulls this one against María because Jacques Noiret has shown him proof that María can't actually have sons (this is because, after she gave birth, Jacques had her uterus extracted). When Iván realises what Noiret did, he does this against him.
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14th Jun '14 11:54:46 AM Milarqui
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** Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that all of the Germans have been living in Spain for decades, and have been making a great effort to supress anything that might point others towards their true identities.
26th Sep '13 9:56:39 PM gallium
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Héctor is Mauri from ''Aquí no hay quien viva'', Jacinta is Soledad from ''7 Vidas'', Daniel Retuerta was Lolo in ''Compañeros''...
** Carol appears in ''Una rosa de Francia'' and ''Mentiras y gordas'', this one also with Iván.
** Vicky's mother is played by Lolita, who is Elena Furiase's real life mother.
** One for the whole world: Jacques Noiret also has a hotel in Film/CasinoRoyale!
22nd Sep '13 9:49:03 PM nombretomado
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* EstrogenBrigadeBait: scenes with Marcos or Iván without their top are quite a hit among teenage girls.


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* MrFanservice: scenes with Marcos or Iván without their top are quite a hit among teenage girls.
7th Oct '12 12:39:04 PM TVRulezAgain
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* CompleteMonster: a whole group of them. Ritter Wulf [[spoiler:(who is actually Marcos and Paula's grandfather)]] ranks as the biggest one, since he is willing to experiment with children and other humans, has created [[TheVirus a killer virus]] and isn't above manipulating anyone, even her own daughter and grandchildren, in order to accomplish his objectives. [[spoiler:He was also a member of the Nazi Party, was nicknamed "The Belzec Butcher" (he "worked" at Belzec's extermination camp, which was so deadly that only 2 Jews out of more than 400,000 survived) and was basically a Josef Mengele, but even worse)]].
** Hugo ranks at the second position, with his willingness to torture and kill anyone that puts the Proyecto Géminis in danger and his inability to feel compassion. Especially when [[spoiler:he suggests to use Zyklon-B (you know, the gas they used on Auschwitz) on the children when they attempt to escape from the school]]. [[spoiler:He had a twin brother who tried to become a ReverseMole and nearly succeeded.]]
** The only reason Jacques Noiret isn't this is because he sometimes shows that he cares about his son. Pity that it didn't happen to occur to him about that when he [[spoiler:let his son be infected by TheVirus...]]



* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Iván saving Julia by smashing her former lover's car's window with a motorcycle helmet.
** Iván fighting Shotokan-style against Hugo. The last time they do it while the school is burning. Iván wins.
** Vicky knocking [[spoiler:Amaia]] out with a shovel.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: every kiss between Marcos and Carol. Every one of them.
** When Marcos learns that Héctor [[spoiler:is actually his uncle]], the two share one of this.
** Iván and Julia's reconciliation [[spoiler:after Iván broke up with her so that she wouldn't have to take care of him since he has Alzheimer]].
** When, after more than 30 years of separation, [[spoiler:Héctor finally meets with his sister Sandra]].



* DracoInLeatherPants: one of the greatest examples is Hugo, who was shown to be a very bad person practically from the first episode he appeared in, yet he has been regarded as one of the most attractive guys in the series.
** Jacques Noiret is also a good example. He was cruel to his son and even to Elsa when she was his girlfriend, but several girls and women like him. His eleventh-hour HeelFaceTurn didn't help matters.
** Nicolás Garrido became this quite soon: he was quite a {{Jerkass}} at the start, yet everyone was hoping that he came into the school and hooked up with Elsa. Even after discovering he was into the plan to kill everyone inside the school people still liked him.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Fermín, the school's cook, who was only intended to be a background character at the start of the series, but when he started to gain popularity he was turned into a spy that had been sent into the school to discover the BigBad's plans, as well as finding many objects [[spoiler:that had been stolen from Jewish people during WorldWarII]].
** Julia, entering the school in the 2nd season, was nearly from the start a popular character with her attitude and very happy disposition.



* FridgeBrilliance: in the last episode, Héctor asks about Elsa - who had been his girlfriend of years and wife for a few months, but whom he had broken up with after learning she had cheaten on him with his best friend - but doesn't say a thing about Lucía - who had been his girlfriend for the last months before the summer. Many fans wondered why, but then the brilliance struck: since he was hidden in the basements and Lucía would have been in charge of his healing, then he would have realised that she was part of the bad guys.



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: It's getting a good reception in many other countries, such as Italy or Japan.



* HesJustHiding: when [[spoiler:Héctor]] died, many fans thought that he was still alive and his death was only simulated. They were right.
** Also thought about [[spoiler:Carol]], because few could believe that her character, one of the favourites of the audience, would actually die. This time, they were wrong.
** In-universe example: the bad guys [[spoiler:were [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] and]] had simulated their deaths in the past to avoid being caught.



* MoralEventHorizon: Jacques Noiret happily letting Iván getting infected with TheVirus so that he doesn't interfere in his plans and blackmailing him so that he tells him where María is.
** [[spoiler:Roque]] reaches this when he hits [[spoiler:Carol]] and makes her fall down a very tall tower, then burying her instead of checking whether she is alive. When he later gets a call from her mobile phone he doesn't tell the others, he distracts his friends so that he can reach Carol first and when he finds her the only reason he doesn't kill her is because [[spoiler:Marcos]] arrives there on time. [[{{Tearjerker}} Not that it was soon enough to prevent her death]].
** Ritter Wulf [[spoiler:when he created TheVirus and started to experiment on the prisoners of the Belzec extermination camp]].



* NauseaFuel: when Héctor [[spoiler:discovers the corpses of his old orphanage friends in the middle of the forest]].
** The "home videos" with the experiments on the orphans back in the 50s-70s (also qualify as NightmareFuel).
* NightmareFuel: the eyes in the bottle... god, the eyes...
** Also Paula's eyes [[spoiler:when they suddenly start to emit light in the middle of the night]].
** Julia's encounters with the ghosts are this for her. The creepiest one is when she meets Eva's ghost... at the same moment [[IdenticalGrandson Paula passes near the ghost]].



* {{Shipping}}: almost from the start, people wanted Marcos and Carol to hook up. It would take nearly 5 seasons for that to happen. [[spoiler:And then Carol died.]]
** Iván and Julia would become one of the fans' favourite couples.
** Starting with the 3rd season, many fans were divided between those that wanted Marcos and Carol to be together and those that wanted him to be with Amelia. Even after knowing that [[spoiler:[[FanDumb Amelia was part of the bad guys]]]]. Amaia in the 6th and 7th season would also become a part of this war. [[spoiler:Of course, in the moment she was revealed to be the grand-daughter of one of the bad guys and TheMole, everything changed.]]



* TooCoolToLive: Fermín. He certainly was the biggest BadAss of the series, the greatest hero... and he gets stabbed by Garrido in the last episode, dying in María's embrace.
21st Jun '12 2:58:59 PM MagBas
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* FetishFuel: try to see those beauties such as Ana de Armas or Blanca Suárez in those uniforms and not think they look really hot.
7th Jun '12 2:44:41 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** When she wears a drees, Carol is stunningly beautiful.

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** [[SheCleansUpNicely When she wears a drees, Carol is stunningly beautiful.beautiful]].



* ThePlan: Garrido played one to get inside the school and derail the plans to get more medicines.



* XanatosGambit: Garrido played one to get inside the school and derail the plans to get more medicines.
29th May '12 12:40:28 AM erforce
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** One for the whole world: Jacques Noiret also has a hotel in CasinoRoyale!

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** One for the whole world: Jacques Noiret also has a hotel in CasinoRoyale!Film/CasinoRoyale!
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