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Clandestinos

3.5 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Product Description

Love and terrorism collide in this sexy Molotov cocktail of raging adolescent hormones and righteous indignation.

Review

"...fairly deft pairing of eye candy and substance." --Philadelphia City Paper

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Product Details

  • Actors:  Mehroz Arif, Hugo Catalán   Israel Rodríguez
  • Directors: Antonio Hens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QFFBHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I went into this move with few expectations. I picked up the DVD, on a whim, at the library so as to practice my Spanish language skills. When the movie trailers began to play, I had a moment of thinking, "What is this movie about again?" To my surprise, this movie falls into the genre of gay cinema. I know next to nothing about gay cinema but quickly found myself intrigued by the trailers, particularly those for Bangkok Love Story and Schoolboy Crush. I thanked the Universe for the unexpected awareness, laughed at my ignorance, and hit play.

Set in Spain, the movie opens on a scene with young men playing football (soccer) at a detention center for juveniles. One of the ball players, Joel, looks up at a window to find another young man, Xabi, returning his gaze. Conspiratorially, they nod at each other as another young man, Driss, observes. Together, they escape their prison and set off to Madrid. In Madrid, Joel pursues his interest in women and sex while Driss, drawn to Xabi's leadership, decides to loyally accompany Xabi in whatever he may need. This ends up including terrorism in the name of Basque freedom.

The story revolves around and splinters off of Xabi's journey. His political interests are intrinsically linked with his infatuation for Iñaki, an estranged ex-lover and ETA terrorist. But ulitimately, this story is not about homosexuality or Spanish politics. It's a coming of age story, revealing the simplicity of young emotions: when at a loss, we gravitate towards kindness. (That's true for some adults, I guess, too!
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Growing up on the streets (and, along the way, at a reform school for teenage males) of large urban centres in Spain, without parents' attentions, can lead young guys into a lot of trouble. That is just what happens to Xabi and his two friends in "Clandestinos" (the 2007 Spanish film of this title, not the 1987 Cuban film so titled) after they escape from their reform school and end up yet further on the wrong side of the law. Xabi (acted by Israel Rodríguez) is full of delusional ardour about just what being a militant activist, even amateur terrorist, means for himself and for other Basques. He is the only Basque of the three male teens and the lad of the youthful trio whose adventures the movie follows most closely. In his sweetly doglike devotion to Xabi, an Arab lad somewhat younger than Xabi, Driss (played by Mehroz Arif), falls in with Xabi's romanticised ideas and self-assumed role as a freelance terrorist for the Basque cause. The third guy, Joel (acted by Hugo Catalán), is from México, and is basically apolitical, more interested in girls (a taste for which his good looks assure easy success) than in any political struggle. Xabi and Driss undergo a roller-coaster ride in roughly "coming of age" through the activist and amourous adventures that befall them.

Driss, cavorting along with Joel, also finds a girlfriend, one who is chubby, rather bossy, and suspicious, but Driss remains true to his devotion to Xabi, who is gay, but Xabi is unassertive of that with Driss, treating the Arab lad as a kid brother and apprentice-associate in the Basque nationalist cause; needless to say, Xabi is only one slight, awkward step at a time ahead of Driss in developing their "radical-chic" skills!
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It wasn't the movie I expected at all. It's a nice story of a gay teenager who escapes a juvenile facility to get back with his lover, a notorious Basque terrorist. His two acolytes, a Mexican and a Moroccan, hook up with two charming locals they meet while on the run.

Not your typical story of a gay teen who discovers the clubs and scene, the story is more focused on everything else and the main character just happens to be gay; his sexual orientation is more in the background unlike other gay-themed movies whose narrative often revolves around the characters' sex identity.

I'd recommend this film although it feels a tad cheap at times, and parts of the ending are bit too much, not a perfect story, not perfectly done, but well worth a watch.
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I enjoyed this film of three young man on the lam from jail. Unique characters, settings, and motivations. It was hard to watch them make learn terrorist tactics (making a kettle bomb) in light of what we know after the Boston bombings, and that took me out of the story for a bit. But for the time, setting, and theme I would recommend it.
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Interestingly, there are three story lines in this movie. Each character representing a potential fleeting phase of growing up.
one is a free spirit, one is a don juan, one is confused soul looking to impress his first love. Two of the characters are straight one is gay; all test boundries, the law, and what they feel is passion.
Honestly many of the scenarios are a stretch of the imagination....the transition/link from one plot to the other is poorly demonstrated.
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