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Daniel & Ana

3.3 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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Daniel and Ana, brother and sister, are both at defining moments in their lives. Ana is about to be married and Daniel is a teenager discovering his personal and sexual identity. Yet the harmony in their lives is instantly shattered when they are kidnapped and something happens which forces them to confront their desires and fears. Nothing they have known will ever be the same again.

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  • Actors: Dario Yazbek Bernal, Marimar Vega, Jose Maria Torre, Luis Miguel Lombana
  • Directors: Michel Franco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003W2XOTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,736 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Daniel & Ana" on IMDb

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Daniel & Ana is named after the wealthy siblings Daniel and Ana Torres. Daniel attends high school as Ana prepares for her wedding. Daniel tentatively moves forward with his girlfriend. His biggest concern is not owning a car. Ana's problem is that her fiance Rafa has been offered a job in Spain. He wants to take the job; she wants to remain in Mexico City with her family. Then three men kidnap the brother and sister and sexually assault them in a way that makes them feel especially culpable. They are released physically unharmed but in a state of complete shock.

The acting is excellent, especially by Marimar Vega as the sexy and confident Ana. The scene in which she and Daniel are kidnapped is chilling and graphic. The also beautiful Dario Yazbeck Bernal successfully conveys Daniel's vulnerability. However, though their initial paralysis is portrayed with painstaking realism, the audience sees absolutely no line between the initial assault and Daniel's eventual actions. His later reaction comes across as unbelievable and sensationalistic. The clueless parents are not at fault, but they are pushed to the background and thus not particularly sympathetic.

Clinically shot and scored with overplayed bits of classical music, this attempt to raise awareness about coerced victims of pornography is ostensibly a true story. Unfortunately, this tale of close siblings forced apart is more disturbing than moving, thanks to muddy psychology.
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A fascinating movie, but one that so much more could have been done with! The plot has to do with a brother and sister and how they deal with an event that challenges their relationships through a sexual misfortune that is no fault of their own. Bernal could have done a much better job of deepenig the characters and exploring how they evolve and cope with the event in their lives, but he does not. Sad, because if he had, this would have been a very outstanding movie.

Nonetheless, it is intersting and thought-provoking, and the fact that it is looslely based on real happenings is quite distressing and gives it an importance that makes it worth watching.
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Daniel and Ana's parents are so good at pretending they live in Manhattan that they have forgotten the real Mexico roaring at their back. Their luxurious white home is sterile and their parenting skills are nil. So when their children are violated, they just don't get it. The young people struggle on as best they can, but the task of coming to terms with events is too much for 16 year old Daniel, who collapses under the influence of a toxic mix of trauma, hormones and fantasy. Everything in this world is for sale - Ana's love for her fiance is expressed in the materialistic act of choosing a wedding dress, Daniel's parents show their love by giving him a car,and a young person's innocence is worth exactly what it will fetch on the porn market. In misery, Daniel turns not to his family, but to a professional psychologist, who happens not to be available; when his mother despairs, all she can do is threaten him with psycho-analysis. Dario Yazbek plays Daniel with quiet intensity and a beautiful touch of enigma - Marimar Vega's performance is occasionally superficial, and at times the editing is clumsy -however,this is a remarkable film, which though undeniably disturbing, should make everybody involved with young people stop for a moment and check their priorities.
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Too many pauses and holes to drive a truck through. I realize it's a cinematic style and device, but despite the relatively short film length, I had
problems with the slow, silent moments on screen.
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How would you handle the situation these teens were subjected to? This film provides a not too
subtle treatment of PTSD as applied to teens in the midst of age appropriate angst. That the parents
are clueless about the plight of their children says much about denial of the privileged class in a country
where kidnapping is endemic.
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The movie was very well done. No distractions from poor acting, bad dialog, or poor directing. So when your watching you easily get sucked into the story and emotions of the characters. The only negative was the ending of the movie, but this was based on real events. Real life is unpredictable and doesn't turn out like you think. Fortunately, the quality of the movie out shined the subject matter.
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In the initial scenes of this movie, we are introduced to a number of characters in Mexico City. Ana Torres, a young woman in her late teens or early twenties, is getting married in three months, and is the center of attention. Her fiance, Rafa, wants to move to Spain after the wedding to accept a job offer, but Ana is too close to her family to consider it. Ana's younger brother Daniel has a girlfriend, Mariana, but he claims to have had limited or no sexual contact with her to date.

However, an unexpected and tragic turn of events leads to Daniel's first sexual encounter being not with Mariana but with Ana. Daniel and Ana are out shopping for Ana's wedding and are kidnapped at gunpoint. After driving them to an abandoned house, the gunmen make their demands clear. Ana and Daniel must have sexual intercourse on camera, apparently for a pornographic film the gunmen are shooting, or die along with their family. Left with no real choice, Daniel and Ana reluctantly agree, and a long sex scene follows. After the shoot is over, the gunmen release Ana and Daniel without physical harm.

The remainder of the movie deals with Daniel and Ana's attempts to deal with the aftermath of the trauma they have endured. Both initially withdraw into themselves, telling no one anything about what has happened. Eventually, however, Ana begins to take steps to put her life back together, whereas Daniel starts down an increasingly disturbing path.

The strength of this movie is the way it deals with a very difficult subject, one I'm not aware of any other filmmaker trying to tackle. It is apparently based on a true story and, even if it is not, events similar to what are shown here have definitely happened in many countries. The way in which events play out seem very realistic to me with the possible exception of some of the final scenes involving Daniel.
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