The Body

The Body

Oriol Paulo (2000)

12 Certificate


Our Score
The influence of Alfred Hitchcock and Henri-Georges Clouzot is evident in the directorial debut of Oriol Paulo, who demonstrated his generic credentials with the script for Julia's Eyes (2010). Short-fused cop Jaime Peña (José Coronado) is called in to investigate the disappearance of the corpse of an heiress and businesswoman (Belén Rueda) after a morgue security guard (Manel Dueso) is killed by a passing car. The victim's husband (Hugo Silva) is the prime suspect because he's having an affair, however, the deeper Coronado delves, the less sense everything makes. Paulo overdoes the jittery camerawork during interrogation scenes, but ratchets up the suspense as he switches between flashbacks and the morgue. The characterisation is slight and an already contrived scenario risks becoming entirely incredible with a hint of the supernatural. But, the use of shadow and icily claustrophobic interiors ensure this remains slick, tense and atmospheric.


An Israeli archaeologist working in Jerusalem uncovers the corpse of a man who appears to have died from crucifixion, prompting suspicions that she has found the body of Christ. As investigations progress, questions are raised about whether Jesus actually rose from the dead, and the Catholic Church intervenes in an attempt to keep the lid on the controversial discovery. Thriller, with Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams, Derek Jacobi and John Wood.

Cast & Crew

Jaime Peña José Coronado
Mayka Villaverde Belén Rueda
Alex Ulloa Hugo Silva
Carla Aura Garrido
Agente Pablo Juan Pablo Shuk
Agente Mateos Oriol Vila
Agente Norma Patricia Bargallo
Erica Ulloa Carlota Olcina
Vigilante Angel Torres Miquel Gelabert
Agente Carlos Manuel Dueso
Director Oriol Paulo
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Edited for some of its language, and contains violence. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 9 Nov 2001