Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Críspulo Cabezas, Timy Benito, Eloi Yebra, Marieta Orozco, Alicia Sanchez
Director: Fernando León de Aranoa
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Genre: Foreign Film - Spanish/misc SA Rating: UN Release Date: 29-JUL-2008 Media Type: DVD
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Good coming of age Spanish film...
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 07/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Even though this film is over 10 years old and now just coming to R1 DVD, the story still rings through as a timeless coming of age story. Three of the primary actors have since moved on to illustrious Spanish film careers, so if anything, this piece provides a solid "where they got started" flashback.
The story revolves around three teen boys living in a barrio/neighborhood of Madrid. Their backgrounds, complicated/dysfunctional families, and yearnings for becoming men are all covered adequately, but I would have to say the strength of this film is the brutally honest script. Imagine Stand By Me dialogue (which I love), except on an rated R level - the whole movie. Their conversations about women, sex, life, dreams, etc. are all at the same time heartfelt, delusional, and hormone infested - but believable. The performances of these boys showing their lives in this barrio are solid. They manage to convey their humorous lines just right and make for some laughable moments.
The film is simply a few days in their summer lives as they try to get girls, earn money and figure out their lives. I have some teen customers that like to read subs and to see something about their age group, so this will be the recommendation. If it were rated, it would be R for sexual dialogue and themes, but their is nothing graphic shown. The DVD is unfortunately full screen and has no special features.
EDIT: Forgot to mention - excellent music throughout, nice mix of offerings - including modern dance, ethnic string plays, etc."