The Method (film)

The Method
Directed by Marcelo Piñeyro
Produced by Gerardo Herrero
Francisco Ramos
Written by Mateo Gil
Marcelo Piñeyro
Story by Jordi Galceran
Starring Eduardo Noriega
Najwa Nimri
Eduard Fernández
Pablo Echarri
Ernesto Alterio
Natalia Verbeke
Adriana Ozores
Carmelo Gómez
Music by Frédéric Bégin
Phil Electric
Cinematography Alfredo F. Mayo
Edited by Iván Aledo
Distributed by Palm Pictures
Release dates
  • September 14, 2005 (2005-09-14) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • March 16, 2006 (2006-03-16) (Argentina)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

The Method (Spanish: El método) is a 2005 thriller film directed by Marcelo Piñeyro and based on the play El mètode Grönholm by Jordi Galceran.

It stars Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri, Eduard Fernández, Pablo Echarri, Ernesto Alterio, Natalia Verbeke, Adriana Ozores and Carmelo Gómez, as the only eight actors in the film.


Torre Europa roles as the location of the Dekia offices.

After an introduction showing the AZCA area of Madrid during a meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank with accompanying anti-globalization protests, the entire film happens within a corporate building (outdoor scenes shot by Torre Europa), mostly in a closed conference room.

The story tells of seven people that have been selected among several applicants for one final round to determine who will get an enviable, executive position for a mysterious corporation, Dekia. The seven applicants are submitted to a series of psychological tests - known as the "Grönholm Method" - that start eliminating the applicants one by one. It is warned at the beginning that one of the seven people is an employee of the corporation posing as an applicant to evaluate the others. As the applicants are discarded, the race for the position becomes more tense and sinister. The tests reveal the weakness of each of the characters and their attitudes to company work. In the end the "mole" will be revealed and only one of them will get the desired position.



The film was nominated to five Goya Awards (Best Lead Actor (Fernández), Best New Actor (Echarri), Best Editing (Aledo), Best Screenplay (Gil and Piñeyro) and Best Supporting Actor (Gómez), winning in the last two categories. It also won in the Flanders International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Film in the Mar del Plata Film Festival.


Similarities have been noted between this film and the 2009 film Exam.

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