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En tu ausencia (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 December 2008 (USA)
A fatherless boy whose fixation on a mysterious stranger leads him blindly into a tragedy that is to mark him for life.

Director:

Iván Noel

Writer:

Iván Noel (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francisco Alfonsin ... Paco
Pedro Salido Saborido Pedro Salido Saborido ... Adult Pablo
Gonzalo Sánchez Salas ... Pablo Benitez
Anabel Azuar Anabel Azuar ... Pablo's Mother
Ana Tutor Ana Tutor ... Julia
Antonio J. Atienza Sánchez Antonio J. Atienza Sánchez ... The Postman
Acensio Salas Suárez Acensio Salas Suárez ... The Mechanic
Juanjo Galiardo Juanjo Galiardo ... Pablo's Father
Luis Vargas Gómez ... Luis - the Mechanic's Son
Luis Valle Romero Luis Valle Romero ... Town Child / Swimming Boy #1
Tomás Benitez Soto Tomás Benitez Soto ... Town Child / Swimming Boy #2
Irene Rodriguez Ripoll Irene Rodriguez Ripoll ... Town Child
Cristina González Benítez Cristina González Benítez ... Town Child
Erico Ramos Fernández Erico Ramos Fernández ... Older Town Child
Paola Pablo Nogales Doña Paola Pablo Nogales Doña ... Older Town Child
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

Canada | Spain

Language:

Spanish | English | French | German

Release Date:

23 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In Your Absence See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Noel Films See more »
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Color:

Color (HDCAM)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Few films are as good as this
17 August 2015 | by berenshillSee all my reviews

Wonderfully absorbing film, beautifully shot in southern Spain with some subtlety simple performances from what are by all accounts local people. The landscape compositions are that of a painter and the use of light outstanding. Yes, I really love this film.

It is a shame therefore to have to make adverse criticisms. The film was shot over a period of one year. That is a long time but especially so when your lead actor is eleven years old. Couple that with some glaring continuity errors: The boy's socks change colour within the same scene on several occasions.

As for the ambiguity I would not criticize that; it forces the viewer to think. I don't understand Spanish so I suspect I'm missing out on quite a lot, but then the film couldn't really have been made anywhere else, such are the locations so integral to the whole.


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