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Abel -- About a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence.


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Augusto Mendoza (written by) &
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  (in credits order)
Christopher Ruíz-Esparza ... Abel

José María Yazpik ... Anselmo

Karina Gidi ... Cecilia
Carlos Aragón ... Dr. Monárrez
Gerardo Ruíz-Esparza ... Paúl
Geraldine Galván ... Selene (as Geraldine Alejandra)
Gabino Rodríguez ... Clemente
Lucero Trejo ... Esperancita
Maria Elena Cervantes ... Cocinera
Marcela Ruiz Esparza ... Maestra (as Marcela Ruíz Esparza)
Úrsula Pruneda ... Dr. Islas
Norma Angélica ... Taxistra Mujer
Mauricio Isaac ... Policia
Francisco Franco Alba ... Empteado Balneario

Directed by
Diego Luna 
Writing credits
Augusto Mendoza (written by) &
Diego Luna (written by)

Produced by
Pablo Cruz .... producer
Rafael Cuervo .... line producer
Gael García Bernal .... executive producer
Lianne Halfon .... executive producer
Diego Luna .... producer
John Malkovich .... executive producer
Geminiano Pineda .... executive producer
Russell Smith .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alejandro Castaños 
Cinematography by
Patrick Murguia (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Miguel Schverdfinger 
Casting by
Natalia Beristáin 
Production Design by
Brigitte Broch 
Art Direction by
Juan Pablo Garcia  (as John Pablo García)
Set Decoration by
Francisca Maira  (as Francisca 'La Paca' Maira)
Costume Design by
Anna Terrazas 
Production Management
Abel Cruz .... unit manager
Keila Ferrer .... post-production supervisor: Mexico
Aura Santamaria .... production manager
Jack Schuster .... post-production supervisor: L.A.
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephanie 'Tuty' Correa .... second assistant director
Manuel Hino Josa .... first assistant director
Art Department
Irma Avila .... art department coordinator (as Irma Ávila)
Victoria Cuevas .... decoration assistant
Christian Galindo .... graphic designer
Alberto González .... art department assistant
Arturo Jiménez Rodríguez .... buyer
Miguel Jiménez Rodríguez .... construction coordinator
Gilberto Miñón .... art department assistant (as Gilberto Miñon González)
Jose Luis Nava .... art department assistant (as José Luis Nava)
Claudio Ramirez Castelli .... property master (as Claudio Castelli)
Agustin Ramírez .... art department assistant
Mariana Ridgell .... set dresser
Israel Roja .... swing gang
Adrián Salazar .... art department assistant
Enrique Saldivar .... art department assistant (as Enrique Saldívar)
Sandro Valdez .... assistant art director
Gregorio Vega .... swing gang
Sound Department
Jaime Baksht .... sound re-recording mixer
Ricardo Cabrera .... cable person: sound
Julian Caparros .... foley artist
Carlos A. Cuevas .... dolby sound consultant (as Carlos Cuevas)
Salvador Félix .... sound designer
Christian Giraud .... dialogue editor
Christian Giraud .... sound effects: recordings
Pablo Lach .... sound re-recording mixer
Pablo Lach .... sound supervisor
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer
Luis Yáñez .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Andres Seedorf .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Alejandro Casas .... dolly grip
Arturo Castañeda .... first assistant camera
Gustavo Covarrubias .... electrician
Manuel García .... second assistant camera (as Manuel 'Many;' García)
Leonardo Julián .... gaffer
Kenji Katori .... camera operator: "b" camera
Iwao Kawasaki .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gerardo Manjarrez .... steadicam operator
Ignacio Martínez .... electrician (as Ignacio 'Gato' Martínez)
Rafael Martínez .... electrician
Ricardo Pérez .... loader
Jopsé Sánchez Lira .... electrician
Diego Sánchez .... video assist operator
Casting Department
Jorge Guerrero .... extras casting
Jesus Quinones .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Manuel .... wardrobe assistant
Jimena Tenorio .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Urzula Barba .... assistant editor (as Úrzula Barba)
Jim Delany .... io producer
Julius Friede .... colorist
Jon Pehlke .... on-line editor
Iván Rivas .... post-production assistant
David Water .... digital intermediate producer
Mathieu Reid .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Alejandro Castaños .... composer: theme music
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Federico Martinez .... music coordinator (as Federico Mart*ínez Quiroz)
Julieta Venegas .... music and lyrics: (song "Abel")
Transportation Department
Antonio Guerrero .... driver: Diego Luna
Cristian Mercado .... picture car assistant
Manuel Mones De Oca .... picture car coordinator
Alfredo Nonato .... picture car coordinator
Oscar Salazar .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Yollótl Alvarado .... making of
Ernesto Anaya Adalid .... wrangler: insects
Paloma Arredondo .... acting coach
Livia Arroyo .... production assistant
Ana Ballesteros .... supervising caterer
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... supervising caterer (as José Manuel Ballesteros)
Gillian Brown .... assistant: Mr. Halfon, Mister Mudd
Yvette Cruz .... assistant production coordinator
Milenco Galipienzo .... location manager
Chris Gary .... creative executive: Mister Mudd
Berenice Gonzalez .... assistant: Diego Luna (as Berenice González)
León González .... production assistant
Agustin Gutierrez .... production coordinator
Doug Hall .... assistant: Mr. Smith, Mister Mudd
Todd Korody .... systems engineer
Carolina Mollinedo .... production assistant
Katina Medina Mora .... assistant: Gael Garcia Bernal
Marta Núñez Puerto .... assistant: Gael Garcia Bernal
Vanessa Pérez .... assistant: Pablo Cruz
Julia Riveros .... script supervisor
Emiliano Rocha .... making of
Ernesto Trejo .... set medic (as Dr. Ernesto Trejo)
Alfonso Cuarón .... special thanks (as Poncho Cuarón)
Carlos Cuarón .... special thanks

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Additional Details

82 min | USA:85 min (Sundance Film Festival) | Argentina:85 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
It's a good film but not excellent, 15 August 2010
Author: sergio_ortega from Mexico

Diego Luna's first film is a good movie about a kid with a mental disorder. The boy named Abel (Christhoper Ruiz Esparza) is the main character in this story about a middle-class Mexican family. This boy take the place of his father (nobody known about him by 2 years)trying to fill out the space at the father in the lives of his brothers. This movie has drama and comedy in an interesting mix. Jose Maria Yazpick (Anselmo's character)deserves a special mention, very good actor. The movie change from drama at beginning, comedy in the middle and return to drama. This is a god film but needs more punch at end to become a great, I noted that Luna needed more experienced to make it an extraordinary movie.

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