The Abandoned

Synopsis: 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, who told her where the farm of her family is located. Marie arrives at the abandoned house and meets the stranger Nicolai, who 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 zombie-like ghosts of themselves. Further, they find that they are trapped in the house and can not leave the place.
Director(s): Nacho Cerdà
Production: Lionsgate Films/Afterdark Films
  1 nomination.
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99 min

is by a bridge.

A river surrounds it...

in a circle.


I can't even swim.

Hello? Anybody here?

We're almost there.

We already crossed the bridge.

I was dreaming.

No one has been here

for more than 40 years.

What do you expect

to find in those ruins?

I don't know.

Some clue perhaps,

something to make

sense of my life.

You really think so?

What are you doing?

You asked me to take you

to the Kaidanovsky Farm.

Well, here we are.

The house is just

behind those trees.

I'll go ahead

to make sure it's safe.

Hey, wait a minute.

The river is in flood.

You don't want to be

wandering around out there,

not if you can't swim.



Oh, no.


Oh, no.

Jesus, not now.

Come on.


Come on.




Oh, for God's sake.


Hey, where the hell are you?


Anyone here?


Who's there?


I'm not going to hurt you.

Oh, shit!

Oh, shit.


Wait! Come back!


Hey. Please, calm down.

Just stay the f*ck away.

Who the hell are you?

My name is Nicolai.

What are you doing?

I got you out of there.

You almost drowned.


Who are you?

I think we are here

for the same reason.

So what else did you find

in my bag?

She's my mother.

You were adopted, weren't you?

I've been trying to find

my birth parents for years,

but it was like my records

were erased or something.

Then a week ago,

I get a call from the notary Misharin.

He gave me that.

At first I thought

it was a joke.

But it wasn't, was it?

Look, if this is

about the property,

you can keep it;

I don't want it.

- I thought we've been through that.

- Right.

Do we look like brother

and sister to you?

Twins, actually.

We were born the same day

according to your driver's license.

Don't you want to know

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Karim Hussain

Karim Hussain (born July 16, 1974 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian screenwriter, director and cinematographer. He is best known for his 2000 film Subconscious Cruelty, and as co-writer of Nacho Cerdà's The Abandoned. In 2006, he adapted French-Canadian writer Marie-Claire Blais' work, La Belle Bête. For it, he won the Director's Award at the Boston Underground Film Festival. more…

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