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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!Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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.
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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A good watch with an excellent story plot. Ending is very good too. You won't be disappointed.Published 4 months ago by Ed
I found this movie interesting. Had an interesting plot. The people were good looking and attractive. The location in Spain added to the interest.Published 12 months ago by Alan K. Weeks
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