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Abel (2013)




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Actor Diego Luna stepped behind the camera to direct this warm drama about a young boy whose emotional problems take him in an unexpected direction. Abel is an unstable child whose issues have only gotten worse since his father walked out on the family. No one in the household is sure what to do for Abel or how they should behave around him, and a stay in a mental hospital does little to ground him. However, one day Abel wakes up and decides that he's the man of the house, and begins acting like his absent father rather than the youngest child. To the surprise of everyone, adult responsibilities agree with Abel, and the family seems significantly happier with his new personality. But this proves to be short-lived when Abel's real dad unexpectedly returns, and the two vie for the status of head of the household. Abel received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Diego Luna, Augusto Mendoza
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 3, 2012
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Karina Gidi
as Cecilia
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Critic Reviews for Abel

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

Engrossing, intelligent fare.

Full Review… | January 5, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

After its edgy, deliberately puzzling first hour, it starts to run out of steam, but at 85 minutes it doesn't overstay its welcome.

Full Review… | January 10, 2011

Diego Luna's promising debut as a director is a slight and charming tale of a troubled young boy's retreat into fantasy.

Full Review… | January 10, 2011
Daily Express (UK)

Enjoyable, off-beat drama that's both darkly funny and emotionally engaging, thanks to assured direction from Diego Luna and a terrific central performance from young Christopher Ruiz-Esparza.

Full Review… | January 10, 2011

A slow-burning but satisfying comedy that goes for gentle humour rather than belly laughs.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011
Daily Mirror (UK)

It's an intriguing film...

Full Review… | January 6, 2011

Audience Reviews for Abel


The drama lies in everyday situations for adults, but dangerous ones for children. The comedy presents itself in the hilarity of kids acting as grownups. John Malkovich-produced Mexican dramedy is sort of reminiscent of 'Lars and the Real Girl' in the way those who surround a character with severe mental issues act and react.

Strong performances from first-time actor Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Karina Gidi and Diego Luna's friend and frequent collaborator, 'Chema' Yázpik. Unfortunately, in the end, the film doesn't wrap up neatly, it just finishes.

Funny, sad, visually and emotionally engaging Mexican film about a young boy who thinks he is the father that previously walked out on the family.

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