Adú (2020), by Salvador Calvo – Criticism

This film is not intended to educate, but to show the varied experiences that are lived in Africa. Noting the position so vulnerable that children and adolescents suffer.

According to the director, Salvador Calvo, the idea of ​​creating this film came up during the filming of 1898: The Last of the Philippines (2016), knowing the stories of different children who were there, in a CEAR center – helping the refugee. Luis Tosar and Álvaro Cervantes worked in that film, who decided to also act on this project when listening to Calvo.

Adú It focuses on the experience of these unaccompanied minors. The excuse for the public to go to see the movie will be Luis Tosar and Ana Castillo, but they will be affected by the painful story of Adú, his sister and his friend. A trip that millions of migrants make each year, looking for a better future in Europe.

It is a necessary film, watching recent events and debates that are created around such a current drama.

The film is the debut of the young Moustapha Oumarou, whose character is based on the story of a boy who fell in the networks of organ trafficking and is now in an orphanage in Paris. Another experience that struck Calvo is that of a 14-year-old Somali boy who was sexually abused by a warlord and decided to flee the country.

This film is not intended to educate, but to show the varied experiences that are lived in the continent. Noting the position so vulnerable that children and adolescents suffer. Faced with these hard stories, the reverse trip of two Spaniards is exposed: an activist who protects elephants (Tosar) and his daughter (Castillo), who is addicted to drugs.

Adú It also tells the experiences of the civil guards who patrol the Melilla fence, showing that all the stories have two versions. Not a good one and a bad one, moving away from morality. This plot presents the majority of scenes of action and controversy of the film. It is Álvaro Cervantes who defends the uniform and faces the character of Ana Wagener in court.

It is of interest the assembly of the three frames, which do not intermingle, but come to meet at specific times. Perhaps it is the character of Castillo who has the least development, although he presents a tearful moment towards the outcome. Tosar develops in a figure focused on his work and not on the human beings that inhabit the countries where he works, who also has no greater evolution.

The great protagonist is Adú, forced to leave his home, does not give up his objective and suffers an uprooting of his entire world. It is a necessary film, watching recent events and debates that are created around such a current drama. Although child protection should never be the subject of debate. The production has been supported by Mediaset; and shot in several scenarios: Benin, Melilla, Morocco, Murcia and Madrid. This story recalls in Spanish plot and landscapes Sara's notebook (2018), whose protagonist was Belén Rueda and did not present solutions or learning, only experiences. And even to Blood diamonds (2006), with Leonardo Di Caprio at the head of the cast.


Synopsis In a desperate attempt to reach Europe and crouched before an airstrip in Cameroon, a six-year-old boy and his older sister wait to sneak into the holds of an airplane. Not too far away, an environmental activist contemplates the terrible image of an elephant, dead and fangless. Not only do you have to fight poaching, but you will also have to meet the problems of your newly arrived daughter from Spain.
country Spain
Address Salvador Calvo
Script Alejandro Hernandez
Photography Sergi Vilanova
Distribution Luis Tosar, Anna Castillo, Álvaro Cervantes, Jesús Carroza, Miquel Fernández, Ana Wagener, Nora Navas, Marta Calvó, Josean Bengoetxea, Jose María Chumo, Candela Cruz, Moustapha Oumarou, Rubén Miralles, Zayiddiya Dissou
Gender Drama
Duration 119 min.
Original title Adú
Premiere 01/31/2020

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