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Abel

Reviewed by Annlee Ellingson

(from the 2010 AFI Fest)

Directed by: Diego Luna

Written by: Diego Luna and August Mendoza

Starring: Christopher Ruíz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruíz-Esparza, José María Yazpik, Karina Gidi and Geraldine Alejandra

Following his short contribution to “Revolución,” Mexican actor Diego Luna makes his feature film directorial debut with this family drama about a boy who thinks he’s someone he isn’t. His delusion is revealed gradually and seems harmless . until it’s not.

After two years in a psychiatric ward for women in provincial Aguascalientes, it’s time for nine-year-old Abel (Christopher Ruíz-Esparza) to transfer to a children’s hospital in Mexico City. Before he goes, though, his mother Cecilia (Karina Gidi) convinces his doctor to let her take him home for a week, despite his violent episodes and refusal to speak. She hopes she’ll be able to prove he can behave and she can take care

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