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Abel [DVD]

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  • Actors: Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Gerrardo Ruiz-Esparza
  • Directors: Diego Luna
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KIMJ02
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,123 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Abel, a nine-year-old boy, has stopped talking since his father left home. One morning he starts to speak again, and appears to believe that he is the head of the family. As he oversees his siblings homework and interrogates his sister s new boyfriend, no one dares to challenge this miracle. One day a man shows up at the door, his father. Directed by Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Milk), Abel is a touching mix of comedy and tragedy, which comments on the regular occurrence of absentee fathers in Mexico, where men are often forced to leave their families behind to earn better money in the United States.

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Abel returns to the family home after two years in hospital for an undisclosed mental health problem which has rendered him silent. He is nine years old, and doesn't know what his role is in the family, until he finds an old family photograph and realises what the family in the photo had that the family he has encountered upon his homecoming does not have. It does not have a father. Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, as Abel, delivers a subtle but powerful portrayal of a boy locked in to himself who is desperately trying to find a role that will help him make sense of his life. Diego Luna gets as captivating and mature a performance out of him and his real life younger brother Gerardo as Michael Winterbottom did from his sibling child actors in the film 'Everyday'. A remarkable and disturbing film all round.
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By normski- on 1 Jun. 2014
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This is not a film to be taken seriously. It is a black comedy with an element of psychological horror as the 8 year old Abel, with savage determination, adopts the role of the paterfamilias to striking, ridiculous and terrifying effect. That he acts out notions of fatherhood acquired from watching television, and mixes these up with his own childish reality, elegantly adds to the comic power of the movie. Full of creepy characters apart from Abel himself, such as his worthless real dad and the psychiatrist with designs on his mother. A deeply satisfying romp with an underlying point which is never laboured... a child can be an adult in their own head, if not in their own life... even if it gets them locked up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Y. Ker on 10 Jun. 2011
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As a fan of "And Your Mother Too" in which Diego Luna starred alongside Gael Garcia Bernal, I was actually very apprehensive to hear that he's made a feature film and it's got family dramas and 2 little boys. Though some very famous actors have turned into great directors, there are even more that failed- and also, as someone who is most definitely not a fan of films with children in the centre (either always too chirpy and happy or can be just too sad...), I was truly not looking forward to this all that much.

As it turned out, it is a solid directorial debut with a huge heart and luminous performance from the 2 young boys. My friends and I who saw the film were full of admirations for Diego Luna. We can imagine that as a huge star and a famous hearthrob, there is a steely frame for Diego Luna to fight in order to establish himself, and a film such as Abel will go a long way in reaffirming his credibility as a director. Little Christopher and his real-life younger brother gave a heartwarming, magnificent performance, full of the kind of quiet maturity and subtity that a lot of the grown ups can only dream of. The story is much darker than I would ever imagined for a film that has 2 children at its centre, but it is not only entertaining, it is also very relevant as this family is dealing with problems that countless families in the world has to face on a daily basis.

I look forward very much to Diego Luna's next film.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. J. Mckean on 6 Oct. 2011
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A blackly humourous film in which the boy star takes over the father's role in the family. The absent father returns and is confronted by his miniature double, whose strong will overrides all argument. There isn't a 'happy ending'. Don't let that put you off, as the whole premise is the paternalism which permeates the society, and the story line is played out with a tongue firmly in the cheek. The second film by this director is about to be shown at the London Film Festival- and I'll be there.
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