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“En tu ausencia,” also known as “In Your Absence,” is a Spanish-language drama film. The story revolves around Pablo, a troubled adolescent boy who lives with his older sister and her boyfriend in a remote village in the Spanish Pyrenees. One summer, a mysterious and attractive stranger named Mario arrives in the village to work on a construction project. As Pablo becomes infatuated with Mario, a complex and secretive relationship develops between the two. The film explores themes of desire, longing, and the awakening of sexuality.

Review:

“En tu ausencia” received generally positive reviews from critics. The film was praised for its atmospheric cinematography and the director's ability to capture the beauty and isolation of the rural setting. The performances by the cast, particularly the young actor Francisco Alfonsin as Pablo, were commended for their authenticity and emotional depth. The film was noted for its delicate handling of sensitive themes and its exploration of the complexities of sexual awakening in adolescence.

Plot:

Pablo, a troubled and introverted teenager, lives with his older sister and her boyfriend in a secluded village in the Spanish Pyrenees. When Mario, a handsome and enigmatic construction worker, arrives in the village, Pablo becomes fascinated by him. As their paths cross, a complicated relationship develops between the two, marked by desire, curiosity, and emotional turmoil.

As Pablo's infatuation with Mario grows, the film delves into the exploration of his sexual identity and the complexities of desire. Their interactions are shrouded in secrecy and ambiguity, creating a sense of tension and longing. Through their relationship, the film explores themes of loneliness, self-discovery, and the blurred boundaries between love, friendship, and desire.

Awards:

“En tu ausencia” received several awards and nominations in international film festivals, including the Best Director and Best Actor awards at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Popularity:

“En tu ausencia” gained moderate popularity within the international film festival circuit and among viewers interested in coming-of-age dramas and LGBTQ+ themes. The film's exploration of sexual awakening and the emotional journey of its protagonist resonated with audiences seeking nuanced and sensitive portrayals of adolescence. While it may not have achieved widespread commercial success, it garnered acclaim for its cinematography, performances, and thematic depth.

Directed by Iván Noel
Written by Iván Noel
Starring

Cinematography Luis Fernández Caula
Ildefonso Corrochano
Music by Iván Noel
Release date
2008
Running time
99 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Budget $50,000

 

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