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Then there is Yosvani who has married a rich girl whose father is a kind of fashion consultant and loan shark thug. The two boys meet and get it on in a very genuine way. But as I said Cuba is not uber gay friendly and they have a rocky road ahead if they want to make it work.
This is a really well made and acted film. The subject has been done quite a few times before but this still has a freshness and a vibrancy to be able to carve its own niche. In Spanish with very good sub titles and a run time of around 94 mins. This is from Director Antonio Hens who also brought us the rather good `Clandestinos' way back in 2007. He has made another solid film that has already garnered a lot of positive attention and will be a great addition to anyone's gay film collection.
Not exactly an original concept for a film, but the difference here is that it is done well, with actors (both the couple and supporting players) who show real emotion and make the most of the storyline. Simulated sexual activity would equal a heavy R rating. I'd give it four stars out of five.
Es hablada en español, y aunque es mi lengua madre, hay que tener presente que cada país latino tiene su propio acento, y a mi en lo personal me resultaba difícil entender algunos dialogos de los actores, porque hablan muy de prisa, pero aún así disfrute mucho la pelicula, y me ayudaban los subtitulos en inglés para completar las ideas de lo que no entendia.
In any event, the acting (at least for this type of film) was appreciably above average and, much to its credit, one does come away with an indelible awareness of the anguish and cruelty, which ambiguously heterosexual males are made to suffer in a double-edged society, where "deviant," clandestine carryings-on between two men are just barely permissible, so long as an unyielding veneer of machismo is strictly maintained in the presence of one's peers.
Despite some directorial flaws and the film's (almost-foreseeable-from-the-start) tragic ending, "The Last Match" was an affecting and positive contribution to the gay genre, falling slightly short of the mark.
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An excellent, enlightening film which provides a fascinating view of life in Cuba today and the grinding, spirit-killing poverty its citizens endure. Read morePublished 11 months ago by robfranjo
Exploration of the Manichean pairing of Latino machismo and its other side. Sensitive and unexpected and moving.Published 12 months ago by gordon sharp
Yes, this is one more film depicting a hustler just trying to get on with his life, and to escape his surroundings; That synopsis would generally be enough to dissuade me from... Read morePublished 13 months ago by chromo_man