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Ismael (2013)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nora
... Félix
... Jordi
... Luis
Larsson do Amaral ... Ismael
... Chino
Nabil Bouyazzam ... Aziz
Samad El Gandhi ... Mogollón
Michael Harran ... Bonobo
Gemma Brió ... Leyre
Carmela Poch ... Profesora Centro
David Long ... David
... Empleado Bar (as Alain Hernandez)
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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Written by Armando Manzanero
Performed by Saúl Quirós
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A small, tender Odissey
19 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

We're all looking for something that eludes us. And many times, that thing we're looking for is a family. (Even if we already have one!) Because family —the perfect family— is at the same time a haven and a preview of our future. "Ismael" is a movie that knows that this world is full of maps, but keeps the essential one as a secret: the map of our own feelings. What are they, really? Which ones are good, and deserve to be nurtured, explored? And how do we deal with all of them?

"Ismael" is a small Odissey, with a boy of 8 at its core, looking for the same answers we grown ups crave for. And it moves with elegance and humor, carefully avoiding sappiness. It made me feel not only respected as a viewer, but cherished. There are many movies that impose their own feelings on you; "Ismael" is too smart to do that. Marcelo Pineyro, the director, has always shown restraint in his movies, because he counts on the viewer's intelligence.

This is an delightful film. It will grow on you and take roots. (And by the way: the couple Belen Rueda and Sergi Lopez play deserve their own spin off movie!)


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