Horrors of Chile's Colonia Dignidad brought to life in Emma Watson's new film
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The greatest takeaway one can get from watching The Colony is the harrowing reality of the story told. The Colonia Dignidad did exist, Paul Schäfer (played by Michael Nyqvist) did lead the terrifying cult and cult members like Gisela (played by Richenda Carey) did abuse workers like Lena (played by Emma Watson). In telling the story of the cult in the new film The Colony, filmmakers were left to make the movie as realistic as possible, something that did not always come easily to the actors involved. “Obviously, it’s very uncomfortable to play somebody that cruel and unpleasant”, says Carey. “But that’s the game, and that’s what we do”. “You suffered”, says director Florian Gallenberger to Carey. “I remember when you had to beat Emma with that thing, you were just resisting”. One particular scene in the film — the one Gallenberger is referencing — shows Watson being beaten by Carey while working outside. Watson winces and collapses in pain. The scene is difficult to watch. “This was the first day of shooting”, says Carey. “I was given a rolled-up piece of hosepipe, and, ‘Okay, you’ve got to whip Emma’. One of the world’s most popular actresses. And I went, ‘Yeah, yeah, but I don’t really, do I?’ And Florian said, ‘Yes, you do’. And I went, ‘Yeah, but not really’. It was terrible”.
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