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Twisted Romance (2008)

Oscar Genova , Nehuen Zapata , Jose Celestino Campusano  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Oscar Genova, Nehuen Zapata
  • Directors: Jose Celestino Campusano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures, QC Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008OIWSNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Roberto is a bored young man living with his family in the suburbs of Buenos Aires who begins a relationship with an older man named Raul. Their romance takes a disturbing turn after Raul catches Roberto with another man and turns increasingly abusive.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling yet violent story of lust and love August 21, 2012
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Roberto is a gay teen who has been living with his mother and sister in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. When he meets an older man, Raúl, he jumps at the chance to live with him, even though the man is a selfish and abusive lover. Roberto is in love, and hopes that he can change Raúl over time, even bringing him home to meet his mother and sister.

Things start to fall apart when Roberto gets together with Cesar, a young man from Spain, whom he meets online. Raúl finds out about it, and becomes more abusive and violent, perhaps to the point of murder. He also fears that Raúl will hurt his family if he tries to leave him.

Obviously, this is a very dark film, with graphic violence throughout. The acting is fairly good, and it is well photographed (The screener DVD I was sent had some issues with "tiling" in some scenes, but I assume this won't be a factor in the full DVD release.) The film is in Spanish with English subtitles, and the latter are difficult to follow, in the more dialogue-intensive scenes. Unexpected ending, worth a look. Four stars out of five.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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It's not often you get a film where the main character is loathsome but compelling to watch. This is an uncomfortable film set in a sprawling characterless neighborhood of an Argentine town, curiously void of any population. It's about Raul (who is certainly no picture) in his 50s and Roberto (a bit handsome in a slightly dumb sort of way) aged 19. I think I have the names right, thought the DVD sleeve suggests it's the other way around (but then the subtitles confuse 'leaving' and 'living' or is it 'loving'). Nobody in the town featured in the film seems to have a real job; fenced compounds seem the order of the day.

Young Roberto picks up Raul at the local rail station where freight trains rumble through from and to who-knows-where. Money does not seem Roberto's primary motive. He's a little surprised though by the abruptness and violence of Raul's pounce on him once they get to Raul's compound; it's pretty much a rape. This doesn't stop young Roberto not only not fleeing but hanging around next morning to clean the accumulated dishes in the kitchen sink, and do the work surfaces too. Clearly there's no sucker like this. We are bemused by the relatively handsome Roberto's passivity in accepting his lot, but also by what drives the loathsome Raul.

Roberto takes this astonishing acquisition home to a meal with his grandmother and sister. Neither seems to bat an eyelid at this obviously strange match. Are they inured to Roberto's pick-ups or deadened by poverty to accepting whatever happens? So the relationship continues. Roberto wants to be more than just a handy lay for Raul - he wants Raul's ass; but Raul doesn't consent readily and puts him off easily. We learn without much surprise of Raul's little earners, drugs and guns.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meh June 24, 2014
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the story had potential, however the acting coupled with the drab scenery just kind of ruined it for me. perhaps if it's remade with better quality?
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