Friday, June 22, 2007

Glue (Historia adolescente en medio de la nada)

Lucas is a 15-year-old living in a small town "in the middle of nowhere" (en medio de la nada) somewhere in Argentina. Dad got caught cheating on Mom, and so moved out to an apartment in a nearby town, large enough to have "sex hotels" with theme rooms including a jungle and the Batcave. Lucas spends his days listening to the Violent Femmes and experimenting with all-natural hair products, and hanging out with his friend and bandmate Nacho and a girl named Andrea. The three of them explore their friendship and their physical attraction. Glue gives an intimate look inside their lives and the eternal teenage struggle to define a sense of self. Well written, solid performances, beautiful cinematography, great soundtrack; strongly recommended. Go see this film even if you have to take a bus to rural Argentina to do it.

Glue (Historia adolescente en medio de la nada), dir. Alexis Dos Santos, 2006 Argentina/UK, 108 min., in Spanish with English subtitles

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