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13 year old Pablo is a quiet, lonely boy with a troubled past. His only friend is Julia, a shameless 15 year old girl who is more than willing to help Pablo with his transition from childhood to adolescence, and give him tutorial lessons on sex, love and life. On a quiet country road just outside of the village, Pablo meets Paco, an oddly calm, well dressed stranger whose car just broke down. He helps him out and as Paco hangs out in the village the boy forms a bond of trust with the newcomer filling a gap in the boy?s life left by his absent father. As they spend more time together Pablo is unknowingly and blindly being lead towards a tragedy that will scar him for life.

Spanish language with English subtitles

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  • Actors: GONZALO SANCHEZ SALAS
  • Directors: IVAN NOEL
  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Vanguard
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TK2986
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,921 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Festival_man on October 11, 2008
Format: DVD
A coming-of-age tale with more than a few twists, director Ivan Noel's debut makes superb use of its setting--the gorgeous rolling hills and verdant fields of Andalusia in southern Spain--to underscore young Pablo's (a note-perfect Gonzalo Sanchez Salas) discovery of secrets, both about himself as a growing lad haunted by his father's death, and about his family in general.

While his put-upon mom tries to make ends meet, Pablo--whose father died in an accident, the nature of which is only revealed gradually in flashbacks--roams the fecund countryside, frequently accompanied by his vastly more mature tomboy friend Julia (spark-plug Ana Tutor, in a star-making performance). Alone one day, he comes across a man, Paco, (Francisco Alfonsin) lounging beside his broken-down car. A conversation is started and then interrupted by the nosey local postman, who warns Pablo about strange men. The postman gone, the conversation resumes--and where it leads shakes Pablo and everyone around him to the core.

Director Noel shoots the gloriously sunlit countryside around the village of Jerez with the eye of a painter while showing his expertise at playing with audience expectations. It is this sure-handed way with what turns out to be a surprising narrative, the naturalism of the local townspeople in their first acting roles, and the almost dangerous sensuality of the cinematography, that marks In Your Absence as a very impressive first film.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Steven W. Shaw on March 1, 2009
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What starts out seemingly as an intergenerational love story between a shy, lonely 13 year old living with his mother in the Spanish countryside and an older man just passing through eventually becomes something else altogether. I compare this film favorably to Wild Tigers I Have Known, another coming of age story told in long, painterly takes, except that this movie, with the help of its filming locations, is even more beautiful to look at. Quick research tells me that this is the director's first film, and I can only hope there is more to come. The acting is wonderful, especially considering that most of the young cast are novices. A truly heartbreaking story which refuses to give a pat Hollywood ending (though some sense of closure would have been nice, but that is my only gripe). I found myself so taken with Pablo in this story, and wanting him to heal the wounds he is carrying around with him. In the end, we don't know whether he does or not, and that was more tragic than all that had come before. If you love a deep story, great and pristene images of Spain, and a slight but well crafted mystery, then do not miss this film. Spread the word!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Marmota on March 12, 2009
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This movie was a big surprise. I had seen the trailer and thought I knew what to expect, but was completely blown by the fantastic photography and by Gonzalo Sanchez Sala's performance. It is a history of a boy that needs to be loved, with ghosts hunting him from the past. Sexual awakening, fear and treason.
The director is able to make the mundane scenes into delicate art, pay extra attention to the morning scene of the boy in bed.
This is a must see, must have. It is a shame that it didn't make the big screens. Thank you Spain for allowing your movies to express this kind of art.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Giancarlo Croce on January 22, 2010
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If I had any pre-conceived notions about this film before I watched it, they were completely blown out of the water by what I saw.

Paco comes to a small village in Spain, and finds himself stranded on the roadside when his car breaks down. By accident or by design, he first meets Pablo. Pablo's father has recently been killed in an accident that Pablo very much blames himself for. So when Paco is kind and understanding, it only serves to remind Pablo of what a cruel and unforgiving man his father had been. Paco manages to develop a relationship with the boy, while keeping up the pretence that he's come to this village to find Pablo's father, who was an old Army buddy. Meanwhile, the entire village is buzzing with gossip about this stranger in town, and his odd attachment to a thirteen year old local boy.

Pablo, at thirteen, is confused by his adolescent sexual feelings. His friend Julia, a bit older and more sexually mature, presents young Pablo with his first sexual encounter, and that only serves to deepen Pablo's confusion. But he begins to realise that his attraction to Paco may be more than parental. He's developed something of a crush on the kind stranger. So he decides to offer himself to the older man, and is surprised when his offer is refused. His confusion about Paco is cleared up when he discovers the man in bed with someone else, and overhears their conversation, where it is explained that Paco was indeed a friend of Pablo's late father. Something I don't think Pablo had quite believed. And Pablo's heart is broken to find that Paco is in love with someone else in the village, not him. In a fit of jealous rage and deep pain over being deceived, Pablo decides to shoot Paco with his father's shotgun.
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