Analysis of the Perceptual Space in the Movie La Cara Oculta

Emine Köseoğlu, Gizem Nur Öncü
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, İstanbul, Turkey.


The phenomenon intended to be conveyed in cinema is communicated to the audience through fictionalized spaces. The space defined by architectural elements is experienced through the senses and the character’s relationship with the place in the film is conveyed to the audience, eliciting a response to the fictionalized scene. “La Cara Oculta” is a film that unfolds within a single location, portraying the story of Belen, the main character, who becomes trapped in a secret shelter within the house she shares with her partner Adrian. The examination of the relationship between Belen and the space she inhabits throughout the course of these events proves to be of significant interest. For this reason, the film is worth examining. In this study, qualitative research methods were used, with a case study design on La Cara Oculta. Following a purposeful sampling approach that emphasizes spatial perception and psychology, specific scenes were carefully chosen and analyzed using thematic analysis. Consequently, 24 scenes yielded 12 distinct codes, which were subsequently grouped into three overarching themes that explore the relationship between space and human experience: spatial boundary, spatial atmosphere, and spatial confinement. The study aims to address inquiries regarding how architectural space elements influences spatial perception, how spatial experiences evolve, and how spaces can be transformed into fear-inducing environments. The film’s demonstration of how the space can cause psychological disorders emphasizes its intersection with architecture. Thus, this study is instructive in understanding the concept of architectural space.
Keywords: Perceptual Space, Senses, Architectural Elements, La Cara Oculta, Architecture in Cinema


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Corresponding Author

Emine Köseoğlu

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University

İstanbul, Türkiye