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At her new job in a rundown children's hospital, a nurse desperately tries to keep her patients safe from a plague of random, mysterious attacks.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.2/10 (7,242 voted)

Jaume Balagueró

Stars: Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh, Elena Anaya

As the new night nurse at a soon to be abandoned children's hospital readies the last group of orphans to leave, it becomes increasingly clear that these are not normal children. Something living in the hospital, something the children call the "mechanical girl," has a terrifying hold over them and will stop at nothing to keep them in the hospital with her forever.

Writers: Jaume Balagueró, Jordi Galceran


Calista Flockhart

Amy Nicholls

Richard Roxburgh

Robert Marcus

Elena Anaya

Helen Perez

Gemma Jones

Mrs. Folder

Yasmin Murphy


Colin McFarlane


Michael Pennington


Daniel Ortiz


Susie Trayling


Lloyd F. Booth Shankley


Michael Gatward


Scarlet Carey


Cameron Antrobus


Olivia Bjork


Fergus Riordan



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Release Date: 14 October 2005

Filming Locations: Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

Box Office Details

Budget: €4,000,000


Opening Weekend: €801,331
(30 October 2005)

Gross: €26,601
(20 August 2006)

Technical Specs


(Mar del Plata Film Festival)


Revealing mistakes:
At the start of the movie you see one of the nurses taping up the boxes and the initials SHN are written on it. Later in the movie the tape then has NHS written on it.

User Review

When I thought movies wouldn't scare me anymore… came this.

Rating: 8/10

What could I say about "Fragile"? Well… it was a rainy evening in my
town (totally true, not to give effects), and instead of going to the
town party I decided to go to the cinema. I had a good idea because
I've always admired Balagueró (Los Sin Nombre… great), and I love
horror films too, but, like I've said, I had seen three horror movies
before and none of them really frightened me. So I got to the cinema
and waited for it to start. The atmosphere is very good, it seems they
worked a lot to make it, but not only the atmosphere was right like in
other films, the story is convincing too, not just
"killing-screaming-the end". It starts about a nurse who goes to work
in a hospital in an English island. The hospital is about to be closed
and the few children who are still there are supposed to be out of
there soon. But it's not as easy as it seems, strange things happen in
that hospital, one of the girls see somebody who lived and died there,
and that "somebody" hurts the kids, by breaking their bones most of the
times. The real interest is in what is behind that story, who is that
somebody, and why he or she behaves like that. The acting is correct,
Elena Anaya, Richard Roxburgh (finally a good role for him!), Calista
Flockhart and the kids work efficiently. And most… I'd never been so
frightened for a long time. I think that good stories are that which
scare me. The same happened with "The Changeling" (somehow similar,
somehow different). But worth seeing both of them. I recommend it.