Monday, 05 November 2007
Directed by: Alexis Dos Santos
Capitol Theater, Monday Nov. 5 at 7:30 PM
2006 / Argentina / 110 minutes / BetaSP - Color - in Spanish with English Subtitles
Starring: Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Nahuel Viale, Ines Efron, Veronica Llinas
This acute portrayal of life in a Patagonian teenage wasteland marks British-trained Alexis Dos Santos as an exciting harbinger of a new generation of Argentinean directors. Life at home is tough for 15-year-old Lucas: his father’s infidelities threaten his parents’ marriage, and the younger kids are a pain. He spends most of his time with his best friend Nacho, playing in a band, riding bikes, and obsessing about sex. When they meet Andrea, the three soon become fast friends, exchanging the kind of banal observations that all teenagers take for profundity, playing prankish games and stressing out over their bodily developments, real or imagined. A weekend stay at Lucas’ dad’s empty apartment in the city provides the opportunity for a glue-sniffing binge and the stage is set for some exploratory fooling around in pursuit of newfound desires. Dos Santos’ examination of his themes – experimentation with drugs, familial alienation, homoeroticism, sexual frustration and self-discovery – makes it one of the most astutely observed debuts in recent cinema, while a liberal sprinkling of hormonally charged Violent Femmes tracks amp up the teenaged rebellion quotient. Overall, however, Glue is a tender, vibrant portrayal of teendom that will rocket you back to that time when, despite life’s many confusions, your greatest fear was zits and your greatest responsibility was taking care of your bike.
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