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is a short horror film
Horror films seek to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's most primal fears. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer through the means of macabre and the supernatural, thus frequently overlapping with the fantasy and science fiction genres...
by the Spanish director Nacho Cerdà
Nacho Cerdà is a Spanish film director best known for his controversial 1994 film, 'Aftermath'. One year after producing that movie, he was accused of being the person behind the infamous alien autopsy footage...
made in 1994. It follows a pair of morticians
A funeral director , also known as a mortician or undertaker, is a professional involved in the business of funeral rites. These tasks often entail the embalming and burial or cremation of the dead, as well as the planning and arrangement of the actual funeral ceremony...
performing graphic autopsies
An autopsy—also known as a post-mortem examination, necropsy , autopsia cadaverum, or obduction—is a highly specialized surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present...
on a pair of corpses. After one leaves for the night, the second begins working on a third body, a young woman identified as Marta Arnau Marti, killed in a car crash
A traffic collision, also known as a traffic accident, motor vehicle collision, motor vehicle accident, car accident, automobile accident, Road Traffic Collision or car crash, occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction,...
. He first mutilates the corpse, then uses it for necrophilia
Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia or necrolagnia, is the sexual attraction to corpses,It is classified as a paraphilia by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. The word is artificially derived from the ancient Greek words: νεκρός and φιλία...
c purposes while taking photographs. After he finishes, he removes the woman's heart and completes the autopsy, then takes her heart home and blends it into a fine pulp. The film ends as he feeds his dog the heart while he relaxes and watches TV.
There is no spoken dialogue for the duration of the film.
The film is 31:52 minutes long and is part of a trilogy of short films, revolving about the subjects of birth (The Awakening, 1990), death (Aftermath, 1994) and rebirth (Genesis, 1998).