My Father Pablo Escobar (Sins of My Father)

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My Father Pablo Escobar (Sins of My Father) is the 2009 documentary from Nicholas Entel about the life of Columbian drug lord, terrorist and doting father Pablo Escobar. The film is told from the point of view of his only son, Sebastian Marroquín, and is a phenomenal piece of story telling about a fascinating man, even if the execution is somewhat clunky at times.

Using never seen before home videos, archive footage and voice recordings, Nicholas Entel charters into unknown waters with this frank, and at times heartbreaking, look into the life of Pablo Escobar and his family. The intimate interviews with Escobar’s son Sebastian, born Juan Pablo Escobar, provide a personal insight, gravitas and new rhetoric, on a man loathed and loved by a nation, that has previously gone unheard.

From the numerous interviews, with Sebastian and Escobar’s wife, to the orchestration of a meeting between Sebastian and the sons of Escobar’s victims, there is a true sense of significance and history that engulfs this documentary, and Entel’s awareness and light touch means this is pulled off brilliantly. Narration is kept to a minimum enabling his interviewees dictate the tone and pace of the film. This stylistic pitch results in moments that are simply incredible to watch as a viewer. Entel masterfully weaves between a chronological retelling of the demise of Pablo Escobar and the reconciliation of Sebastian with the sons of Escobar’s victims; presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán and Minister for Justice Rodrigo Lara Bonilla. Although the Execution wasn’t perfect; the lighting, angles and camera shots seemed secondary, almost rushed together at times, yet this endeared you to the realism instead of distancing the audience.

Entel’s documentary is a resounding triumph.The content, archive footage and interviews on film here are unique and nothing short of astounding. Entel does a truly remarkable job in breaking down the man, the myth but ultimately the father that was Pablo Escobar.

LJ

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