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From Afar (2015)

Desde allá (original title)
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Armando, a 50 year man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever.

Director:

Lorenzo Vigas

Writers:

Lorenzo Vigas (screenplay), Guillermo Arriaga (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Castro ... Armando
Luis Silva ... Elder
Jericó Montilla Jericó Montilla ... Amelia
Catherina Cardozo Catherina Cardozo ... Maria
Jorge Luis Bosque Jorge Luis Bosque ... Fernando
Greymer Acosta Greymer Acosta ... Palma
Auffer Camacho Auffer Camacho ... Mermelada
Ivan Peña Ivan Peña ... Yoni
Joretsis Ibarra Joretsis Ibarra ... Deysi
Yeimar Peralta Yeimar Peralta ... Yerlin
Scarlett Jaimes Scarlett Jaimes ... Yuli
Ernesto Campos Ernesto Campos ... Kleiber
Marcos Moreno Marcos Moreno ... Manuel
Armando Volcanes Armando Volcanes ... Padrino quinceañera
Jesús Las Rosas Jesús Las Rosas ... Roca
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Storyline

Armando, a middle-aged owner of a Caracas dental prosthesis business, is estranged from his father, who he observes occasionally from a distance. He finds a young man of the streets who negotiates a fee high enough for the boy to be used to provide Armando's masturbatory object. Although a following encounter ends in a beating for Armando, he continues to make the boy dependent. What is the final result that Armando desires? Is it something more than a conflicted relationship with a hustler? Written by tgkohn

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Venezuela | Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 September 2016 (Venezuela) See more »

Also Known As:

From Afar See more »

Filming Locations:

Caracas, Venezuela See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,136, 12 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,108, 28 August 2016
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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Official submission of Venezuela for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

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Encanto de mujer
Written by Luis Gabriel and Avbeu Garcia
Performed by Ardisson El Angel.
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Great story, complex characters, uncomplicated staging and direction allow the message to come through better
16 October 2016 | by alan-337-713682See all my reviews

Life is complicated regardless of your income, education, or family. Everyone wants to be loved and sometimes that's difficult to show and receive. Through raw footage, spartan dialog and the very patient dissection of complex characters they learn to love and trust and to be worthy of both. But that doesn't mean life sorts itself out right away and just when things seem to be great, the plot twists in gut wrenching ways and roles reverse. That doesn't mean it ends well for all.

Contrary to the comments of another, I found the raw staging, brief dialog and lack of music (except when one would encounter it in real life) to greatly enhance the direction of the file. It takes a bit more patience to find yourself drawn into the story, but its so much more honest and lifelike.

The two lead actors were great... very empathetic. Kudos


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