Film Review|Joel (2018)It’s a movie about adopting kids…

A mom can’t ask God whether she wants her baby to be a male or female, pretty or not, all we can ask is a baby to be in a good health condition. 


As to adoption, we can’t pick kids based on their appearance or conditions.  Because they are not products for people to choose from.  In this movie, Cecilia and Diego registered to adopt kids because they fail to have kids of their own. They expect to adopt kids around the age of 4-5 years old. And Joel is already a 9-year-old boy with worries or concerns in his mind. Joe not adept at expressing his feelings and thoughts. What will happen to the kids if their adopted parents decide to abandon them after 6 months? 


As I have seen, countless parents have an estranged alienated relationship with their kids. Chances are, kids fail to live up to parents’ expectations, vice versa. Everyone might have an ideal image of parents or their own kids. Many parents harbor the desire to shape their kids into what they want but fail. As for me,  I don’t mind adopting a kid if I fail to have my own when I was old. 


Synopsis: Piano teacher Cecilia and her husband, Diego aimed to have a child. Ultimately,  their request for adoption had been granted. From the outset,  the adoption agency reminded them,  their purpose “is to find parents for the children, not children for the parents”.

Defiant in attitude, Joel was living with an uncle who is put in prison now. And Joel was sent to live in an institution for a while. The first meeting for Joe and his new parents was awkward without much joy. Sitting in silence, “Shouldn’t I be happier?” Cecilia wonders. This is what she had been hoping for. 


It took efforts to sent Joel into the local school. Probably because of his troubled background,  he stole a cellphone and it caused a disturbance in the campus that other kids’mom started concerning Joes’ bad influence on other kids.  “Our children are pure and live in a lovely town,” one mother claims. It’s probably a common dilemma that thousands of parents are confronting every single day.

Director: Carlos Sorin 

Scriptwriter: Carlos Sorin


Victoria Almeida Victoria Almeida … Cecilia
Diego Gentile Diego Gentile … Diego
Joel Noguera Joel Noguera … Joel
Ana Katz Ana Katz … Marta
Gustavo Daniele Gustavo Daniele … Ferreyra
Emilce Festa Emilce Festa … Nancy


Director Argentine Carlos Sorin won the best first film award at Venice decade ago. He consistently delivered high-quality movies with his tempo.  The movie deals with many issues, including adoption, discrimination, etc. This movie deserves wider exposure on a worldwide scale.


Production companies: Guacamole Films, Mediabyte
Cast: Victoria Almeida, Diego Gentile, Joel Noguera, Gustavo Daniele, Emilce Festa, Juvenal Rodrigo Munoz Saez, Ana Katz
Director, screenwriter: Carlos Sorin
Editor: Mohamed Rajid

Composer: Nicolas Sorin
Sales: Guacamole Films

Director of photography: Ivan Gierasinchuck


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