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Actors: Juan Luis Galiardo, Antonio Dechent, Israel Rodriguez, Fany de Castro, Pablo Puyol
Director: Antonio Hens
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2009     1hr 24min

Love and terrorism collide in this sexy Molotov cocktail of raging adolescent hormones and righteous indignation. When three virile teenage boys escape from a detention center, their charismatic leader Xabi has more on his...  more »


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Actors: Juan Luis Galiardo, Antonio Dechent, Israel Rodriguez, Fany de Castro, Pablo Puyol
Director: Antonio Hens
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: TLA
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/24/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 24min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A Moving Search for Acceptance
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 01/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)


A Moving Search for Acceptance

Amos Lassen

"Clandestinos" from TLA Releasing is about young men in pursuit of acceptance as they chase their dreams. Joel is looking for a girlfriend; he wants a nice girl who likes bad boys, Driss is a Moroccan who is avoiding deportation and Xabi is a male hustler and aspiring terrorist. The three are incarcerated in a Spanish juvenile prison. They manage to break out and become involved in the Basque separatist movement. Politics and gay love come together in this melodrama and as we go inside the heads of the three boys, we end up with a pleasurable viewing experience.
Xabi knows little more than the criminal lifestyle. He has been in reform schools and prisons since he was a child and once when he was out and on the streets, he met and fell in love with
Inaki, a Basque separatist who instructs him about the nature of revolution. Xabi, hungry for love and acceptance, listened and hung onto every word. When the boys escape from prison, they find their way to Madrid in search of Xabi's lover. Xabi meets a "john", steals his gun and then breaks into the apartment that he and his lover shared. He sets up a small factory to build bombs and go head on into the fight for separatism for the nation of Basques. In this way he can fulfill his terrorist aspirations and perhaps win his lover back. Inaki, however, is always one step away and out of contact and Xabi is convinced that the man is testing him to do something big to prove his love for him and his loyalty for the Basque cause. There is a glitch in the plan however. Driss and
Joel meet girls and settle down somewhat. They realize what is going on with Xabi and call the police.
The film provides some wonderful eye candy (the shower scene in the prison, for example) but more than anything else it tells us about the desire for acceptance and what might be done to achieve it. The cast is excellent and Israel Rodriguez as Xabi is a special treat. This is not your regular film fare but it is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time because it deals with what so many of us yearn for. These guys just chose alternative and, for Xabi, dangerous ways to find it.
Adolescent Naivete
Jose Luis Guzman Jr. | NY,USA | 05/15/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Interestingly, there are three story lines in this movie. Each character representing a potential fleeting phase of growing up.
one is a free spirit, one is a don juan, one is confused soul looking to impress his first love. Two of the characters are straight one is gay; all test boundries, the law, and what they feel is passion.
Honestly many of the scenarios are a stretch of the imagination....the transition/link from one plot to the other is poorly demonstrated."
bigboyone | johnson city , tn | 05/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What an absoluted wonderful film. All the actors should be very proud of their work. a lot of beautiful young men (** israel rodriguez **eye candy galore) making a very human story. this is one of the best i have seen, on par with Gargon Stupide from france, and much better than most of the films from the US. this is one you must have for your collection."