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In Your Absence (2008)

En tu ausencia (original title)
A fatherless boy whose fixation on a mysterious stranger leads him blindly into a tragedy that is to mark him for life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francisco Alfonsin ...
Paco
Pedro Salido Saborido ...
Adult Pablo
Gonzalo Sánchez Salas ...
Pablo Benitez
Anabel Azuar ...
Pablo's Mother
Ana Tutor ...
Julia
Antonio J. Atienza Sánchez ...
The Postman
Acensio Salas Suárez ...
The Mechanic
Juanjo Galiardo ...
Pablo's Father
Luis Vargas Gómez ...
Luis - the Mechanic's Son
Luis Valle Romero ...
Town Child / Swimming Boy #1
Tomás Benitez Soto ...
Town Child / Swimming Boy #2
Irene Rodriguez Ripoll ...
Town Child
Cristina González Benítez ...
Town Child
Erico Ramos Fernández ...
Older Town Child
Paola Pablo Nogales Doña ...
Older Town Child
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13-year-old Pablo is a quiet, lonely boy with a troubled past. His only friend is Julia, a shameless 15-year-old girl who is more than willing to help Pablo with his transition from childhood to adolescence, and give him some advice on sex, love and life in general. On a quiet country road just outside of the village, Pablo meets Paco, an oddly calm, well dressed stranger whose car just broke down. Nevertheless, he seems more interested in the boy than fixing his problem. At first Pablo maintains a cautious distance from the stranger, vaguely heeding his fellow villagers' advice to keep his distance. However, the boy's subconscious quest to find understanding of his dark past and guilt makes him lose all of his protective layers. He sees a new friend in Paco; someone he can open up to and feel valued by almost like a replacement father. As Pablo's affection grows for the man, he is unknowingly and blindly being lead toward a tragedy that will scar him for life Written by Tiny Sumo Entertainment

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A betrayal that ended a childhood.

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The shooting of the film having taken nearly a year, and the boy actor going through the same changes as in the film, some latter scenes had to be 'tweaked' in the audio post-production to bring his voice up one semitone without changing the speed. Changes in his voice were unnoticeable in real life, but very much so at time of edit. See more »

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Tender Times
13 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Your Absence is a wonderful film that beautiful recreates that tender time when growing up is confusing and full of pain. Shot, remarkably on a very modest camera, with incredible composition this is a film as visually appealing as it is compelling. So many time we hear how the location is another character in a film, but this time one can really believe it, the stunning scenery is not just chocolate box cover imagery with actors plopped in front of it, but imagery that truly helps push the narrative forward. Cast with non-professional actors, who all live in around the same gorgeous hills and valleys where the story unfolds, they bring a credibility to this film that transcends normal improvised films. Ivan Noel has crafted a persuasive story with a cinematic style that is truly a love of labor. When one hears the director also wrote the script, composed the music, worked the camera and edit the film – one normally runs for the exit. But Ivan Noel deserves the title auteur. Put this on your must see list.


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