The Abandoned

February 23rd, 2007


The Abandoned

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An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 5.7/10 (7,512 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Nacho Cerdà

Stars: Anastasia Hille, Karel Roden, Valentin Goshev

In 1966, somewhere in Russia, a wounded woman drives a truck to an isolated farm with two babies. Forty years later, the film producer Marie Jones leaves her daughter in California and travels back to her home land in the wilderness of Russia. Marie is one of the children and had received a phone call from the notary public Andrei Misharin that had told her where the farm of her family is. Marie arrives in the abandoned house and meets the stranger Nicolai that tells her that he had also received a call from Misharin and he is her twin brother. Weird things happen in the house and Marie and Nicolai are haunted by eerie ghosts of themselves. Further, they find that they are trapped in the house and can not leave the place.

Writers: Karim Hussain, Nacho Cerdà

Anastasia Hille - Marie Jones
Karel Roden - Nicolai
Valentin Ganev - Andrei Misharin / Kolya Kaidavosky
Paraskeva Djukelova - Marie's Mother
Carlos Reig-Plaza - Anatoliy
Kalin Arsov - Bearded Russian Patriarch Man '1966'
Svetlana Smoleva - Bearded Patriarch's wife '1966'
Anna Panayotova - Bearded Patriarch's daughter '1966'
Jordanka Angelova - Blind Woman 'present day'
Valentin Goshev - Patriarch - present day
Jasmina Marinova - Patriarch's Wife
Monica Baunova - Emily
Marta Yaneva - Natalya

Taglines: Death never runs out of time.


Official Website: Official soundtrack site |

Release Date: 23 February 2007

Filming Locations: Sofia, Bulgaria

Box Office Details

Budget: €3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $782,000 (USA) (25 February 2007) (1000 Screens)

Gross: $1,255,524 (USA) (4 March 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

A few weeks before the production started Richard Stanley came in to rewrite the final production draft with director 'Nacho Cerda' because Karim Hussain was in Montreal preparing The Beautiful Beast.

Continuity: After Marie rows across the river and starts walking, the boat started to float away. The first shot shows the front of the boat (pointed end) toward Marie, moving backward. The second shot shows the boat moving forward with the rear facing Marie. Then the last shot of the boat shows the front pointing toward Marie again moving backward.

User Review

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the abandoned is without a doubt one of the most bizarre, beautiful , original and scariest films I have seen in the past few years. I couldn't help but grab onto my seat throughout the entire movie. It's simply unlike anything you have ever seen before. It is a very remarkable film from more than just one viewpoint. In an era where you can only impress young horror fanatics with bucket-loads of blood and gross-out effects, Nacho actually re-teaches his audience that fear is especially caused by suggestion and the absence of explicit images. It is the first intelligent horror film in years, completely relying on atmosphere and eerie set pieces. It's such a relief to finally see a subtle film that is also effective!


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