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Martin, a young Argentine student, is exploring the reactions of his sports coach, Sebastian, while vying for his love and affection... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Carlos Echevarría ... Sebastián
Javier De Pietro ... Martín

Antonella Costa ... Mariana
Alejandro Barbero ... Juan Pablo
Rocío Pavón ... Analía
Luis Mango ... Médico Pileto
Lautaro Machaca ... Alumno 1
Joan Alsina ... Alumno 2
Nicolás Fernández Rubio ... Profesor de Natación
Laura Dozo ... Oftalmóloga (as Laura Dozzo)
Alejandra Lang ... Vecina
Fabio Cendra ... Portero
Dolores Cano ... Preofesoro 1
Constanza Boquet ... Profesoro 2
Liliana Popovich ... Rectora
Fiamma Boldessarini ... Professor 3
Nadina Marquisio ... Profesoro 4
Antonia De Michelis ... Profesoro 5
Julián Fernández Aramburu ... Alumno 3
Juan Manuel Miño ... Alumno 4
Brian Britchick ... Alumno 5

Directed by
Marco Berger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marco Berger 

Produced by
Marco Berger .... executive producer
Mariana Contreras .... executive producer
Pablo Ingercher Casas .... executive producer
Original Music by
Pedro Irusta 
Cinematography by
Tomás Pérez Silva  (as Tomas Perez Silva)
Film Editing by
Marco Berger 
Production Design by
Tomás Pérez Silva 
Art Direction by
Paula Lombardi 
Makeup Department
Florencia Cacciola .... makeup artist
Production Management
Santiago Acardi .... production director
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
María Fernández Aramburu .... assistant director
Laura Fuente .... second assistant director
Art Department
Clara Camarra .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Carolina Canevaro .... sound director
Federico González .... microphone operator
Federico González .... sound editor
Lucas Larriera .... sound editor
Daniel Mosquera .... post-production sound
Ana Mouriño .... post-production sound
Mercedes Tennina .... post-production sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Nahuel Berger .... still photographer
Tomas Casenave .... gaffer
Sergio Claudio .... electrician
Paolo Giron .... focus puller (as Paolo Girem)
Florencia Manca .... assistant camera
Nicolas Dalli Bortolot .... apprentice electrician (uncredited)
Location Management
María José Freire .... assistant location manager
Roxana Surrante .... location manager
Other crew
Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar .... production assistant
José Manuel Fernández .... production accountant

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Also Known As:
"Ausente" - Argentina (original title)
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91 min
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The Art of Filming Crotches, 9 July 2015

I have just finished watching Marco Berger's "Ausente", and in spite of the Teddy award it won at the Berlin International Film Festival as Best Film with LGBT topic, I confess that all the enthusiasm that I felt when I saw "Plan B" vanished. All the freshness and sensuality of Berger's first motion picture, with actors who seemed to be improvising scenes and lines (or maybe they were really doing it) to give us a sincere reflection on how to reach honest acceptance of our homo-erotic feelings, was here replaced by a flow of contrived, too coldly calculated movements, to create a melodrama (not in the best tango tradition, but more in a soapy middle class mold) which is often more corny than moving. The story of a professor's harassment by his adolescent student, who is trying to seduce his teacher with lies, is slowly displaced by a subplot that pays too much attention to public opinion, prejudice, fear and slander, that is probably more in the mind of the instructor, who in the end is not as transparent as he had thought. Although Berger still favors setting up his camera at the level of men's crotches in underwear while lying in bed, this time those shots seem tamed as he was too much assimilated (perhaps far too much) by the discreet charm of the Argentinean film industry and its frequent pomp (careful, I do not mean the other Argentinean cinema, so independent and liberating… and without Ricardo Darín in the leading role, of course!), with sugary music that even includes a little female voice doing "Aaahhh's…" Both Carlos Echevarría as the professor and Javier de Pietro as the student are good, given the material they had to work with.

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