October 14th, 2005



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At her new job in a rundown children's hospital, a nurse desperately tries to keep her patients safe from a plague of random, mysterious attacks.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.2/10 (7,242 voted)

Director: Jaume Balagueró

Stars: Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh, Elena Anaya

As the new night nurse at a soon to be abandoned children's hospital readies the last group of orphans to leave, it becomes increasingly clear that these are not normal children. Something living in the hospital, something the children call the "mechanical girl," has a terrifying hold over them and will stop at nothing to keep them in the hospital with her forever.

Writers: Jaume Balagueró, Jordi Galceran

Calista Flockhart - Amy Nicholls
Richard Roxburgh - Robert Marcus
Elena Anaya - Helen Perez
Gemma Jones - Mrs. Folder
Yasmin Murphy - Maggie
Colin McFarlane - Roy
Michael Pennington - Marcus
Daniel Ortiz - Matt
Susie Trayling - Susan
Lloyd F. Booth Shankley - Simon
Michael Gatward - David
Scarlet Carey - Emma
Cameron Antrobus - Jimmy
Olivia Bjork - Linda
Fergus Riordan - Richard


Official Website: Filmax |

Release Date: 14 October 2005

Filming Locations: Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

Box Office Details

Budget: €4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €801,331 (Spain) (30 October 2005)

Gross: €26,601 (Netherlands) (20 August 2006)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Argentina: (Mar del Plata Film Festival)

Revealing mistakes: At the start of the movie you see one of the nurses taping up the boxes and the initials SHN are written on it. Later in the movie the tape then has NHS written on it.

User Review

When I thought movies wouldn't scare me anymore... came this.

Rating: 8/10

What could I say about "Fragile"? Well... it was a rainy evening in my town (totally true, not to give effects), and instead of going to the town party I decided to go to the cinema. I had a good idea because I've always admired Balagueró (Los Sin Nombre... great), and I love horror films too, but, like I've said, I had seen three horror movies before and none of them really frightened me. So I got to the cinema and waited for it to start. The atmosphere is very good, it seems they worked a lot to make it, but not only the atmosphere was right like in other films, the story is convincing too, not just "killing-screaming-the end". It starts about a nurse who goes to work in a hospital in an English island. The hospital is about to be closed and the few children who are still there are supposed to be out of there soon. But it's not as easy as it seems, strange things happen in that hospital, one of the girls see somebody who lived and died there, and that "somebody" hurts the kids, by breaking their bones most of the times. The real interest is in what is behind that story, who is that somebody, and why he or she behaves like that. The acting is correct, Elena Anaya, Richard Roxburgh (finally a good role for him!), Calista Flockhart and the kids work efficiently. And most... I'd never been so frightened for a long time. I think that good stories are that which scare me. The same happened with "The Changeling" (somehow similar, somehow different). But worth seeing both of them. I recommend it.


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