Drama/Romance | 14mins | Spanish (Mexico, Switzerland, USA) | 2013
“When thirteen-year-old Raúl is asked to entertain the local landowner’s son, a game of power and pride starts between the two boys.”
Written & Directed by: Marro Mueller
Starring: Alexandré Barceló & Adrian Alonso
Un Mundo Para Raúl (A World For Raul) is definitely about a power struggle; between the two boys and between the Rich and the Poor in Mexico.
The boys simply know one another through their fathers’ business relationship – one owns the land and the other tends to it. However they have bonded over their love of football, which runs throughout the short – not only as an activity, but as a timer due to their being a game on.
First off the struggle plays out over how they will be watching the game, then its with a drinking game and then its when they’re pissing.What it escalates up to is pretty much abuse. Abuse of power and sexual abuse.
There’s horseplay and experimentation and then there is using the “my dad is the reason you eat” card to force someone to do something (we hear about a girl who has died from malnourishment). It’s traumatising to imagine. In effect Raúl lets the abuse happen and loses his childhood innocence in order to keep his family fed. It’s sad yet such a powerful way to portray strife.
Things I Liked: 1 - Social commentary 2 - Handling of issues Things I Didn't Like: 1 - Lack of tension 2 - Lack of insight into Hernán