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Absent – DVD Review

14 November 2012 3:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Martin (Javier De Pietro) is a schoolboy in Argentina, who fabricates an injury during swimming practice to engineer some time alone with his teacher, Sebastian (Carlos Echevarría), to whom he has taken something of a liking.

By pretending that his grandmother is out and he was supposed to stay over with a friend, Martin spends the night at Sebastian’s apartment, after which he returns to school and his mightily distressed parents, who had no idea where he was. Sebastian, meanwhile, is also struggling to come to terms with how he feels about Martin’s obvious affections.


An intriguing film that ends up as far less than the sum of its parts, this nonetheless has some interesting and effective moments, even if it doesn’t in the end hang together coherently enough to really grab the attentions of the mainstream. De Pietro is an effective actor, his strong physique coupled »

- Dave Roper

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