Monday, June 18, 2007

El Calentito

Set in Madrid, Spain, at the time of the 1981 fascist coup-d'état against the fledgling democratic government, El Calentito revolves around a pansexual, pangender nightclub called El Calentito (the little hot one). One of the main characters is a young woman trying to establish her independence from her domineering mother; she is asked to join a punk band, Las Siux, named after the Sioux Indians, but pronounced "see-ooks." Festival junkies will also recognize Ferdy, played by Jordi Vilches, who was Nico in Krampack (later renamed Nico and Dani). I had a bit of a hard time getting caught up in the story, but I was glad I stuck it out. Recommended.

El Calentito, dir. Chus Gutiérrez, 2005 Spain, 89 min.

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