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Abel [DVD]

Christopher Ruiz-Esparza , Jose Maria Yazpik , Diego Luna    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KIMJ02
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,733 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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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Actor Diego Luna stepped behind the camera to direct this warm drama about a young boy whose emotional problems take him in an unexpected direction. Abel is an unstable child whose problems have only gotten worse since his father walked out on the family. No one in the household is sure what to do for Abel or how they should behave around him, and a stay in a mental hospital does little to ground him. However, one day Abel wakes up and decides that he's the man of the house, and begins acting like his absent father rather than the youngest child. To the surprise of everyone, adult responsibilities agree with Abel, and the family seems significantly happier with his new personality. But this proves to be short-lived when Abel's real dad unexpectedly returns, and the two vie for the status of head of the household. Abel received its world premiere at the (2010 Sundance Film Festival). ...Abel

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And overgrown boy 10 Jun 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Abel really makes you think... 10 Jan 2013
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Diego Luna is a great young director. Watched this with my partner and daughter and found loads of issues to discuss afterwards. Therefore, a DVD to watch with others...
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the film 17 Dec 2012
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I loved the film. The story is original and has a bit of comedy and drama. I had a great time, I laughed a lot. But I didn't like the end, because is sad. Highly recommendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars patriarchy rules, OK. 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Deeply Depressing 25 May 2011
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If you're expecting resolution, don't hold your breath. This rambling tale goes nowhere at a snail's pace, and even if its true to life, I didn't find it either entertaining or educational.What some of the critics saw in it I really don't know, but it was totally lost on me. My wife has a Masters in Film and TV studies, and was equally underwhelmed. Deeply depressing.
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