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Tesis (Thesis) is a 1996 Spanish thriller film.

It tells the story of Ángela, a film student working on her thesis about violence in movies. When her tutor dies watching a movie he had taken for her, Ángela hides the film and will need the help of Chema, a strange boy in her class who's knowledgeable about this kind of videos. The appearance of the enigmatic Bosco and the insistence of her new tutor will further complicate things, as Ángela tries to uncover who's the author of the mysterious video.

Tesis is Alejandro Amenábar's first movie, made while he was studying at the University, and was written by Amenabar and Mateo Gil. The movie won seven Goya Awards in 1996, including the award for Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director. It stars Ana Torrent as Angela, Fele Martínez as Chema and Eduardo Noriega as Bosco.


Tropes that apply to this movie:

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Based on a single video, Chema is able to guess the kind of camera in which it was filmed.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The knife Ángela takes from Bosco's kitchen later saves her from him.
  • Hypocrite: Ángela is very vocal about her dislike for violence and her disgust by anyone who revels in it, yet every time there's something really violent she can't help herself but looking, and she records the screams from the Snuff Film to listen to them. The film uses this to underline that, regardless of how much society reviles violence, it is inevitably attracted to it.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Ángela, who tries to look at the dead body at the station and is writing her thesis about violence in film, Chema, who has gore and violent videos and a house decorated with monster motifs, Professor Castro and Bosco, who film snuff movies.
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  • No Social Skills: Chema isn't the most diplomatic person around.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Ángela's crush on Bosco doesn't seem very healthy at the end of the movie, and Chema is also one of these, with him stalking Ángela and filming her at her house.
  • The Sociopath: The person who filmed the Snuff Film, namely Bosco, and also Prof. Castro.
  • Take That!: Jorge Castro is famously based in one of Amenábar's college teachers, Antonio Castro, whom Amenábar claimed made him fail his exams due to disagreements. Notably, Antonio fired back at Amenábar in an interview and revealed that the latter never bothered to attend his exams (which Amenábar retorted by claiming he would have surely failed him).


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