The Devil's Backbone

November 2001107 minutes
Drama
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In the last days of the Spanish Civil War, on a desolate plateau sits the Santa Lucia School, where the orphans of the left-wing Republican forces await the inevitable arrival of Franco's fascists. It is run by steely headmistress Carmen (Marisa Paredes), widow of a leftist poet, and old professor Cásares (Federico Luppi), with the help of the mysteriously hateful caretaker, Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega). Ten-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve), a recent arrival, gradually uncovers the school's dark secret; a student (Junio Valverde) was brutally murdered, and his pale ghost wanders the grounds. From acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Cronos), this supernatural melodrama and unpredictable ghost story is also a telling political allegory for the brutal war raging just outside the school's walls. (Original Title - El espinazo del diablo) 2000, 2001 Tequila Gang, S.A. de C.V. and El Deseo, D.A., S.L.U. All Rights Reserved.
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Audio Language
Spanish (Stereo)
Subtitles
English
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Run time
107 minutes
Rating
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