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Ismael (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 December 2013 (Spain)
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An 8-year-old boy tracks down his father.

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Marcelo Piñeyro
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Belén Rueda ... Nora
Mario Casas ... Félix
Sergi López ... Jordi
Ella Kweku
Juan Diego Botto ... Luis
Larsson do Amaral Larsson do Amaral ... Ismael
Mikel Iglesias ... Chino
Nabil Bouyazzam Nabil Bouyazzam ... Aziz
Samad El Gandhi Samad El Gandhi ... Mogollón
Michael Harran Michael Harran ... Bonobo
Gemma Brió Gemma Brió ... Leyre
Carmela Poch Carmela Poch ... Profesora Centro
David Long David Long ... David
Alain Hernández ... Empleado Bar (as Alain Hernandez)
Samantha López Speranza Samantha López Speranza ... Azafata AVE
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Ismael Tchou (8 years old), takes a train towards Barcelona. He has run away from home because he wants to find Felix, his father, whom he never knew. His only clue is an address of an apartment in Barcelona, written in the return address of a letter to his mother. Once there, he manages to find the apartment, but instead of finding his father, he finds an elegant woman in her fifties, Nora, who happens to be Felix's mother. Felix never said anything to Nora of the existence of that child. But once she locates him, he does not deny his paternity. Nora, after notice to the child's mother, Alika, decides to take him to meet Felix. They begin a journey to La Costa Brava, where Felix lives. Meanwhile, Alika and Luis, her husband, travel to the coast in search of the boy. This will make all the characters try to settle their accounts with the past. Written by Anonymous

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Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 2013 (Spain) See more »

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Ismaelis See more »

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One that makes you laugh and feel... at the same time!
19 February 2014 | by ceciramonetSee all my reviews

Everybody thinks that we, the millions that speak Spanish as a first language, are warm, passionate people. But (besides telenovelas, the exception that confirms the rule!) when we make movies or TV series, it seems we're afraid of feeling. We'd rather hide behind violence or lean too much on the cerebral side, as if revealing that we really feel —love, anger, confusion— would be a sin. When on the contrary, it's one of our main graces!

Ismael is one of that rare, Spanish-speaking movies that allow you to feel without feeling cheap or ashamed. (It seems to be one of Pineyro's talents: have you seen Kamchatka?) Like life, it guides gently you through the whole gamut of emotions, from dark to light, and leaves you at the other side feeling shaken and happy at the same time. It has great actors (that kid is soooo cute without being grating!), subtle music and wonderful vistas.

It really moved me. And I'm not afraid to show it!


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