Not only is this my favorite LGBT themed movie, this is probably in my top five, depending on what day you ask me. I forget how I found this movie but it’s been my favorite for YEARS and I would suggest it to absolutely anyone who doesn’t want to bawl their eyes out. It’s a foreign film so you’ll need subtitles unless you’re fluent in Spanish (I can actually understand it in some parts so it’s not that difficult to follow the dialect). Also, if you purchase/rent it be prepared for the region coding; it may be more difficult than necessary to watch, but it’s definitely worth the hassle.
What I adore most about this film is the incredibly unique storyline. It’s heavily grounded in the Hispanic culture; Catholicism is rampant and there are elements of magical realism. I’ve always had a soft spot for magical realism which is probably why I love Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Life of Pi, and even Harry Potter so much. To combine both magical realism and a tragic gay romance story… sign me up.
It’s such a good love story too and I’m a sucker for a good love story (especially if it’s gay), but it’s so funny comparing this to Weekend that I watched recently as well. The two movies couldn’t be farther apart in plot but both of them are so good with stories you can sink your teeth into. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good campy movie every once in a while but I think it’s important to have good gay cinema out there that even people who don’t identify as LGBT can enjoy – it can’t always be dick jokes and drag queens. Sometimes you need to deliver something everyone needs to see, and this is one of those films.
To paraphrase the plot, the film follows Mico, who is well respected in his Peruvian community who has a wife and a kid on the way. He also has a secret lover, Tiago, who’s wildly attractive and wanting to be upfront about the love they share. So far, I’m pretty sure some of us can identify with a similar storyline, but then something happens that Tiago and Mico would never expect to bring them closer and eventually tear them apart. I’ll let you find out yourself.
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