Nico and Dani
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(Dec 11, 2001)
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Remember back to your youth when times were simpler and all you had to do was think about what you'd do with your friends that day? Nico and Dani recalls that time in such a believable, carefree, almost naive way that all I could do was smile and enjoy the feeling. They do the normal things guys do like go fishing, hunt rabbits, hang out and party with friends. The actors portraying the characters (Fernando Ramallo as Dani and Jordi Vilches as Nico) even look like two average guys at 16--kind of gangly and skinny, just like I remember being back then. In short, I believed it all from the get-go.
The friendship we see is one that obviously has been built up over many, many past summers and each time I watch the film again, the more I realize just how deep that friendship is and how subtly and naturally it's portrayed. I mean, it would have to be pretty deep given that the two boys frequently have a "Krampack" (mutual masturbation session) to help each other out.
The twist in the film comes when Dani begins to realize at this time of adolescent change that he's falling in love with his best friend Nico, just as Nico is finding out how much he's into girls and anxious to go through his own rites of passage. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn't it?
The beauty of this Spanish summertime story, though, is that it doesn't turn into an "Afterschool Special", a platform for gay community propaganda, or a ridiculous "American Pie"-like farce.Read more ›
Nico is coming to visit Dani at the coast while Dani's parents are away; he is intending to do the same thing he would do if he stayed home in Barcelona, went to Rome, or, for that matter, orbited in the Space Shuttle: chase skirts. Dani has begun to hear the tapping of a different drummer and has apparently had a lot of time to plan all the ways he wants to share his new interests with his long time pal. Clearly these two have been very close. Krammpack (mutual masturbation), the original title of the play, is not just something they've read about in magazines.
The movie is a series of fast moving vignettes of the two boys and the two girls they meet and interact with. They move from incident to incident quickly, not lingering long nor introspecting much about what has happened. Though the age of the two is not clear (I've read as young as 15, as old as 17) it is made clear they are both virgins and minors (in much of Europe, 16 is the age of consent).
There are some unsettling undertones as Dani experiments with sexuality, mas or menos, oblivious for some time to the fact Nico is increasingly uncomfortable with the moves he is putting on him. There is a very unsettling, for me, date rape scene, involving the hoary old concoction Spanish Fly, not the modern date rape drug DHA. The movie remains non-judgemental.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
heart-warming movie. It has realism that I hadn't seen before in coming of age films. Almost needs a sequel... Lol.Published on February 6, 2014 by Jonathan Anderson
This is a very fun and adorable movie, if you happen to speak Spanish, you will laugh at the way both characters interact.Published on August 8, 2013 by Daniel
I thought I had already reviewed this product. I love this movie. Even thou I have to read subtitles. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by John Bryant
Nice little Indie movie...good acting from the principals...nice little story...very believable...nice coming of age story of the two boys involved.Published on December 7, 2012 by Matti Kniva Spencer
This is kinda sexy in parts, there's a hand-to-hand scene if you know what I mean. But it's not a stellar story, or performances, and there is a flatness to the production which... Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by boko
The awkward sex and makeout scenes only add to the low-key appeal of this Spanish film with two young male leads who are far from photogenic. Read morePublished on November 17, 2009 by Bradley F. Smith
I was never this lucky in my youth, so I don't speak from experience. Still, I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Read morePublished on March 16, 2008 by Jeffery Mingo
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