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Abel: Diego Luna, the veteran Mexican actor, takes his first turn behind the camera in this film that tells the tale of the psychologically damaged nine year old boy and the damage this does to his family. The film, which is shot beautifully by cinematographer Patrick Murguias, opens with Abel's mother taking her son back to the family home after two years in a mental institution. He is withdrawn and doesn't speak or interact with his brothers or sisters. That is until he decides he is the head of the family - a role deserted by his father who walked out on the family years previously. Comic moments shine through but this is a melancholic story and ends in near disaster when Abel runs away with his younger brother when the real head of the family returns.
Enterrado (Buried) - Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes, pulls off a cinematic feat shooting an entire 94 minute movie in a coffin. Ryan Reynolds stars as a US contractor working in Iraq who gets buried alive with only his dying mobile phone given to him by his captors, a lighter, and later a torch. One of the first big pick ups from the Sundance festival the work done by the director is inspiring, but the slight of hand that they script deals with the weight of the political situation in Iraq and the final outcome is making some critics take points off.
Cielo (Heaven on Earth) - Deepa Metha bases her new film on real-life testimonies of abused women, who have fallen victim to violence from their arranged-marriage husbands. Heaven on Earth tells the story of Chand who is sent to Canada to marry Rocky - not too long into their marriage Rocky become violent and his family turn on her, taking Rocky's side at every turn. Locked in a place of violence and abuse, away from her family Chand slowly but with growing frequency begins to rely on a created fantasy world to escape her real-life situation.
Híncame el diente (Vampires Suck) - Vampires are so hot right now they even have their own spoof film. Vampires suck is a piss-take of shows like True Blood and Twilight. According to most reviews - this movie sucks more.
Siempre a mi lado (Charlie St Cloud) - Based on the novel The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood, teen heartthrob, Zac Efron stars as a young sailor who suffers and accident and can see differently - including his younger brother who is killed. Charlie - gets a job as a caretaker in the cemetary his little brother is buried. The two brothers are inexplicably linked through a promise Charlie made to his younger sibling to pall catch with him every night. But when Charlie meets a girl he is forced to make the difficult decision to move on and live his life or keep the promise with his brother. You'll be either reaching for the sick bucket or the Kleenex.