Abe (2019)
85 min|Comedy, Drama|17 Apr 2020
6.2Rating: 6.2 / 10 from 2,355 usersMetascore: 62
With the help of a Brazilian chef, a 12-year-old boy who dreams of being a cook tries to find the ideal recipe to break down the cultural barriers that divide his half Israeli and half Palestinian family.

Abe was directed by Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Grostein Andrade, who previously worked on television series and documentaries. The film is played by Stranger Things stars, Noah Schnapp, and Seu Jorge, Mark Margolis, Dagmara Dominczyk, and Arian Moayed. Light comedy-drama with the theme of culinary is not a new thing in the medium of film. Still, Abe can present this with a sensitive issue of religion. It’s interesting to talk about it.

This film explores the story of adolescent responsibility amid the dilemma of the identity of their beliefs. Abe (Schnapp) is a 12-year-old boy who is different from his peers, namely a culinary and cooking hobby. This summer, Abe was registered by his mother to take part in a cooking summer camp in his city. Unbeknownst to his mother and father, Abe secretly works part-time at a Brazilian restaurant owned by Chico (Jorge). Abe himself is a child of Muslim and Jewish descent, where his grandparents, including his parents, always made him depressed by their views on their respective religions.

It was like a film with a mixture of religion and culinary. This is the first time I’ve watched it. How is this possible? Abe, who likes to cook, combines Muslim and Jewish cuisine to reconcile all. Did Abe succeed? The beginning of the story has been presented neatly and interestingly. Only through one scene at the dining table, the eternal feud between religions is presented so effectively through its dialogues. Sometimes it seems pushy. Are they not tired, arguing just that and that? The solution, of course, we have high expectations on the figure of Abe. Unexpectedly, the “menu” dish finally tasted bland, far from all the food that was presented so tempting. You who love to cook, you must watch this.

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Abe tries to mix the theme of religious diversity freshly and uniquely through culinary. Still, the final execution feels less biting, like what the delicious dish promised. Harmony. Of course, this is expected as the final destination, and it does appear on the outside surface. However, the story does not give a more profound thought to being able to answer this issue further. Abe is still too young and naive to be able to solve the challenges and bitter reality of life. At least, this filmĀ has tried to offer an effective solution for this, which is ice lollipop!

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on montasefilm.com, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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