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THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE
aka EL ESPINAZO DEL DIABLO
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, inigo Garces, Irene Visedo, Francisco Maestre, Jose Manuel Lorenzo, Junio Valverde, Paco Maestre,
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Countries: Mexico / Spain
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
USA: 106 mins
UK: 107 mins
USA Rated: R for violence, language and some sexuality
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and violence
USA Release Date: 21 November 2001 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 30 November 2001
"What is a ghost? An emotion, a terrible moment condemned to repeat itself over and over? An instant of pain perhaps? Something dead which appears at times alive. A sentiment suspended in time... like a blurry photograph... like an insect trapped in amber."
Supernatural melodrama, strange and unpredictable ghost story, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE is also a bloody fable of initiation in the form of a gothic story, and the story of how a few moments of pain can remain suspended in time.
From acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro (KRONOS, MIMIC, BLADE 2) this superior thriller combines rich filmmaking with highly emotive performances.