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  • Actors: Martina Gedeck, Eduardo Noriega, Bárbara Goenaga, Félix Gómez
  • Directors: Eugenio Mira
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 30 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L53BJW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,054 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Agnosia (a-gnosis, or loss of knowledge) a neuropsychological illness that affects perception. Although the eyes or ears are in perfect condition, the brain cannot interpret the stimuli it receives through them. This visually stunning & elegant story follows the life of Joana Prats, a beautiful, young woman who suffers from agnosia. As the only one who knows the deep, dark secret left behind by her father, she is drawn into a sinister and life-threatening plot by those trying to garner information, taking advantage of her sensory confusion. The deceitful criminals will stop at nothing to get what they want and as the plot unfolds, will her two closest suitors protect her from falling victim to their cunning plans?

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William J. Walker VINE VOICE on 26 May 2011
Format: DVD
This is an unusual film and has been described as retro-futuristic or even steam-punk which I feel gives a false impression as there is not much technology-wise in the film that couldn't have existed or been achieved at the time it is set (1899).

The plot centres on a young woman who is believed to have a secret formula (a McGuffin if ever there was one) but who suffers from a form of agnosia which, in this case, means she cannot distinguish objects/people and even sounds and tactile sensations are distorted. A plot is set in motion to extract the secret.

I can't say too much more without giving the game away but a seemingly unlikely, yet strangely believable, romance develops out of this situation. It is this romance and the tension generated between the characters that makes the film worthwhile.

There were little niggles and flaws in the plot, and the motivation of some characters didn't, at times, ring true for me, but overall, I would say an interesting film and a good watch. Not action packed, in any Hollywood way at all, but many will find that a relief (in Spanish with sub-titles).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Truman on 11 Feb. 2013
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This must be one of the hardest films to describe, ever! It's a period film but has slight hints of science-fiction and even horror, although it would be a mistake to think the film belongs in either category. The story relates to a young woman who suffers from a strange condition where she does not perceive reality in the same manner as everyone else - but this is really a sub-plot for the main story, in which a conspiracy is being conducted to extract some valuable information from her. It's both a mystery and an unconventional love story, beautifully shot and intriguing from start to finish. Recommended for Spanish film fans and those who like genre-mixing movies such as The Prestige.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 7 Nov. 2011
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It is no longer obvious what you are going to get when watching a 15 certificate film. Once upon a 80s you knew what a 15 represented; some violence, or some swearing, or some nudity. Nowadays you have to go crazy to get an 18 certificate and many 15s of 2011 would be hard 18s years earlier. With this in mind I sat down to watch `Agnosia' with my squeamish partner; was this to be a gory ghost story about a woman who could perceive a spectrum the rest of us cannot? Not at all. Agnosia is in fact a period drama about conmen, disability and love. And the 15 certificate? Nudity - old school European style.

Once I realised this was no ghost story, but an interesting con story, `Agnosia' was a fun film to watch. At the centre is Prevert, a young woman who has an accident and can now only see blurred shapes and colours. To help her out, her family all wear different coloured badges so that they can be recognised. Could this system be manipulated by someone looking to discover Prevert's father's secrets?

`Agnosia' is a slightly strange film that never really picks up any pace, but instead flits between con story and love story. You feel for Prevert's plight, but unlike in modern American cinema, you get the dreaded feeling that not all will end well. With tragedy looming throughout the film, it becomes a hard watch, but an interesting one. Martina Gedeck is a little flat as Prevert and it is left to the noble, yet flawed, Carles (Eduardo Noriega) to drive the film. The subtitles are clear and the film looks fantastic, especially on high definition formats. A curious film for fans of foreign movies, but beware it is a little strange.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blonde on 7 Jan. 2013
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Looking at the cover of this DVD with its spooky artwork and mention of the creepy Spanish film The Orphanage you'd be forgiven for thinking this was a horror film (as I did). Instead what we have is an excellent Gothic Romance with a nice thriller plot concerning industrial espionage. This has elements of classic Gothic fiction such as The Yellow Wallpaper and Gaslight. It's visually impressive, well acted, smoothly directed and has some gorgeous cinematography. Although the screenplay is quite traditional to its genre it has some nice little twists and turns and keeps a sense of intrigue running throughout the film with the aid of some excellent directing. The plot itself is not of the most importance as the film is more of a character study and this works to the films advantage as it has some excellent performances. In conclusion, this film is a beautiful looking and very well crafted piece of cinema where all its aspects are worthy of a full five star review.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zaroff on 27 April 2012
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There is perhaps a fatal flaw in marketing to as many people as possible, a generic foreign film that plays around genres & narrative tones. How do you sell the various concepts within the film, of which there are many, in a few direct eye-catching words. We usually end up with a vague film that intrigues some & yet disappoints others. Simply remarking its a 'beautiful' film is hardly useful.

However, contrary to popular misconceptions, this film is quite easy to classify or at least create signposts for. To begin with, the film has subtitles. Neat, clear and i did not feel obtrusive text. Most of the film smoothly runs on images anyway. Thence we can feel the mood and tone is all, its about expressing an atmosphere. This is a congenial, almost Remains of the Day via the Godfather back-drop. The scenarios are such that it takes in action, mystery, thriller & overall a romantic tragedy unfolding. The even tempo or some might say slow, or perhaps regal pacing might annoy many. But this is a different century spain, & the tone and pace, the feel of the simple narrative tricks all seem suitable to the tale told. One should rarely hurry a tragedy.

Now step back and classify a mystery romance period thriller tragedy that is shot gorgeously in fine cinematography and yes, has occasional art-house pretensions. The film is in fact overall, in a reductionist way, a glimpse, a mere hint at a larger canvas. There is a hinting at what could have been, people are deceptive, the young woman with the agnosia is the pivot and centre-point but is not the entire narrative. She is the reason the tragedy has to unfold. Which it does. Evenly and yet with changes of genre & tone of feeling.
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