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A successful neurosurgeon survives a deadly car crash, and learns that his family has dark secrets with roots in the Spanish Civil War after receiving a devastating diagnosis in this allegorical horror film from first-time director/co-writer Juan Carlos Medina (who penned the screenplay alongside Luiso Berdejo). Catalonia, Spain: 1931. As the first shots of the Spanish Civil War are fired, a group of young children unable to experience pain are locked away in a massive sanatorium in the mountains. Meanwhile, in the present day, celebrated neurosurgeon David Martel (Alex Brendemühl) and his… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"a breathless drama that interrogates the paradoxes of Spain's genetic and circumstantial heritage, and teases out the eternal struggle between freedom and repression, memory and oblivion."
‑ Anton Bitel, Grolsch Film Works
"What begins as compelling and enigmatic eventually loses its way to a more familiar horror film scenario."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
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