Hawaii (English Subtitled) 2013 NR CC

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Sexual tension spills off the screen in this sweaty bromance. Hawaii follows two former friends who reunite during a hot summer in the Argentinean countryside. As they work together to restore a vacation home, a game of power and desire ensues.

Starring:
Manuel Vignau, Mateo Chiarino
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

Hawaii (English Subtitled)

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International
Director Marco Berger
Starring Manuel Vignau, Mateo Chiarino
Supporting actors Luz Palazón, Antonia De Michelis, Manuel Martínez Sobrado
Studio Cinedigm
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This was a very well done love story with a wonderful ending.
Sosad
The viewer's emotional satisfaction at the film's end is almost as great as that of the two characters.
Nimrod
For a gay movie there is very little gayness - one kiss at the end of the film.
michael saitta

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Drew Odom on January 16, 2014
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Part of the exceptional beauty of Marco Berger's Hawaii is its rhythm, the slow, deliberate, observant pace of its story. But that rhythm finds a counter rhythm in the frequent cuts from shot to shot. Some linger, some come and go quickly. Watching it, both in the experience of it at the moment and later in reflection, you become increasingly aware how much is being shown, how much you are witnessing. The film is remarkable, among many other reasons, for the acuity of its eye, not only how much it sees, but how much detail is brought forth to ponder and feel. Its clarity, in a profound sense, means something.

The setting evokes in its light something of a pastoral world. Only the two main characters really matter. It is like a world elsewhere, where the outside world need not intrude. What this isolation allows for is enormous concentration.

It is a two person film, with three other characters very briefly in it, only two of whom speak. What the movie unfolds is the complexity of two men's falling in love. But that complexity includes more than who they are. It embraces the world in which they find themselves, the house, its pool, its lawns, trees, and flowers, the river near by. It means that their pasts, who they once were together, also must be relived and revived. As they work, together or separately, as they eat, as they talk, as they relax or compete or play, their feelings, their sensual responses to the world around them and to each other, are changing, intensifying.

When such emotions are being aroused, slowly, often quietly, unsurely, deeply, perhaps surprisingly, the whole world matters. It becomes more present. The "island" of a sort where they find themselves together becomes more and more part of who they are.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on December 11, 2013
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While looking for temporary summer work, Martin runs into a childhood friend, Eugenio, who hires him to do some odd jobs around his family’s house. Eugenio seems attracted to Martin from the start, but is very insecure that the feeling is mutual. They relive many of their childhood adventures, which becomes a bit of a courtship ritual. They are both rather uneasy about the direction their relationship seems to be going, with Martin the more reluctant to admit his feelings as they surface.

This is a very emotional and highly sexy film, focusing solely on these two characters and their growing feelings for each other. It is certain to resonate with those who recall misgivings about their early attempts at cultivating a loving relationship, reconciling their sexuality, and fearing rejection from someone who has become an important part of their lives. There are no real secondary characters, and relatively little dialogue, with most of the communication of their feelings acted beautifully through their actions we see on screen.

The film was made in Argentina, and actually has nothing to do with Hawaii (except a reference that both of them considered it a bit of a nirvana when they were kids). Recommended as a refreshingly simple film about the complex matter of love and sexuality, from a filmmaker, Marco Berger, who seems to have nailed down that concept several times. In Spanish with English subtitles, and would be a light R rating for sexual situations and brief nudity. I give it a full five stars out of five.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Jimenez Krause on November 18, 2013
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I saw Hawaii couple of days ago and am still flying in a cloud of hapiness. The casual encounter of former infance friends Eugenio and Martín develops slowly but intensely to an attraction beyond friendship, however with almost childish innocence: tender, platonic and poetic like the summer days they enjoy in Eugenios countryside house. The story brought me back to my adolescence, to my first love which was an overwhelming feeling only expressed with innocent and furtive glances and gestures. Light years away from today's explicite and superficial communications. Thank you Marco Berger and team for this extraordinarily beautiful poem!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Janowski on November 6, 2013
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Hauntingly beautiful portrayal of love and longing. Less IS more. The long periods of silence and the long and lingering camera views communicate so much. The two characters in scenic settings makes a great home for this love story. And this film feels like falling in love in real time.

The silence and lingering views directly correlate to the character's apprehension and thoughts about how to move forward and whether or not to reveal their feelings. The silence and lingering views also invite the viewer in.

Unlike an action-adventure Hollywood movie that keeps the viewer intentionally outside, Berger leaves time for his viewers to dive below the surface. There is time to become part of Hawaii and to think about one's own reactions to what is going on in the film.

There is subtle tension through much of the film when the viewer wonders if either Martin or Eugenia are operating with less than honorable intentions. There is subtle proof that Martin is happiest in water based on his smile while swimming in the pool or river.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the film is whether both characters are operating on 20 year old feelings from childhood attractions or whether the possibility of love is new. There is also each character's feelings developing on their own time table. Eugenio seems ready for love when Martin is still questioning. Then Martin provacatively exposes his body and Eugenio seemingly does not react. And when Martin kisses Eugenio and Eugenio pulls back and says NO...no...no.

Make sure to watch Barber's Plan B & Absent.
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