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In the heart of Montevideo, the affable but secretly troubled Leo wraps himself in the comfort of his small rented room, unmotivated to finish his college thesis or find a job, and content with infrequent visits from his girlfriend. After their six-month relationship ends, Leo begins to break out of his shell by cruising the Internet for a new companion, enlisting the aid of a sympathetic therapist along the way. However, it isn't until he has a chance reunion with a classmate that he is forced to consider the true meaning of his reclusive lifestyle, and a future outside the metaphoric safety of his room.

Featuring an affecting soundtrack and an equally endearing cast of characters, director Enrique Buchichio's affirming drama is a unique vision of isolation and coming-of-age set against a modern tale of romance and friendship.

"An impressive debut by Uruguayan writer Enrique Buchichio, Leo's Room drifts in a laid-back, almost dreamy way toward edgy subjects usually accompanied by hysterical angst...It's a delicately balanced mood piece that could segue from gay to arthouse venues." – Variety

"Centering around a sexually confused young man named Leo the film is a sensitive exploration of coming to terms with your sexuality and understanding who you really are." - Entertainment Focus

Leo's Room is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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An impressive debut by Uruguayan writer-helmer Enrique Buchichio, Leo's Room drifts in a laid-back, almost dreamy way toward edgy subjects usually accompanied by hysterical angst... It's a delicately balanced mood piece that could segue from gay to arthouse venues. --Variety

The scenario may sound familiar, but there's a lot more to Leo's Room than just another angst-filled tale of a young gay man's process of self acceptance. In his filmmaking debut, Uruguayan writer-director Enrique Buchichio demonstrates a flair for crafting fully realized, memorable characters and complex emotional situations that operate on multiple levels. The characters in Leo's Room often surprise you, the way real people do.'' --Miami Herald

Centering around a sexually confused young man named Leo the film is a sensitive exploration of coming to terms with your sexuality and understanding who you really are. --Entertainment Focus

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  • Actors: Martín Rodríguez, Cecilia Cósero
  • Directors: Enrique Buchichio
  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Global Lens
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RCC6XG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,792 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. Martin on December 15, 2014
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This could have been a fantastic movie if it had been about Leo instead of about Caro, the unbelievably boring, neurotic girl he latches onto so he can fix her instead of living his own life.

As others have said, Martín Rodríguez is absolutely adorable as Leo. A movie about Leo, the equally adorable Seba (Gerardo Begérez), who bends over backwards (metaphorically) to be Leo's boyfriend, Leo's fascinating but barely seen brother, and Leo's wonderful psychotherapist would have been amazing. I even liked Leo's stoner roommate. But the writer-director chose to waste 80% of his film stock by focusing almost entirely on stupid, tiresome Caro instead, which was mind-numbingly dumb.

What a wasted opportunity! One out of five stars for the 20% of this movie that is NOT about Caro.
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After a conversation with friends at a bar about how the meaning of life is the achievement of the next orgasm, Leo's girlfriend breaks up with him for his inability to satisfy her in bed and his unwillingness to see a psychiatrist to discern the cause of his impotence. Yeah, the sharing of laughter, the intricate bonds of being in a relationship...these are meaningless to her. It's orgasm or nothing.

At this point, anyone would be championing for Leo to be in a relationship with someone else. Even a guy. So, he goes online to indulge his curiosity, meets a man who (upon arriving at his apartment) only wants meaningless intercourse. Not wanting a replay of his latest girlfriend, Leo wisely nixes the encounter.

It is at this juncture in the film that the iceberg is struck. A former childhood schoolmate of Leo's is introduced. Caro, a severely depressed young woman, with whom Leo (for no apparent reason or logic) enters into a pseudo relationship. The film at this point is stolen from Leo. The movie that was supposed to be about a young man struggling to accept his homosexuality becomes a film about a mentally ill young woman.

The script becomes mired in awful, mind-numbing pathos. It's not for a cause of a bad performance by the actress portraying Caro; no, she nails it, but (per the flawed script) she's nailing a train wreck of a character. One that sucks the life out of the entire film.

The only reason this film gets two stars is for the kiss Leo shares with Sebastian, which is one of the most beautiful and passionate ever captured on film.
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I noticed no on had reviewed this and so I had to say a few words. I waited a long time to see this movie and I'm not disappointed. The actors did a lovely job. Seba & Leo were lovely together! The Caro storyline dragged a bit. I would have preferred to have more resolution in the end. Though I don't doubt the protagonist's orientation as one IMDB reviewer did. That was obvious by the story. Leo was more engaged w/Seba than with anyone else. I would've liked to seen them together at the end, though it's highly likely they were.
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Thoughtful though a bit wandering in structure. Great soundtrack. Wish the soundtrack was available.
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By Bob M. on October 2, 2013
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Got the right ribbons for the calculator. What a hassle something as simple as this became. Ordering the calculator was easy. . . have the wrong recommended part on the web site created a delay in utilizing the machine! This was a pain in the neck!
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