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Nico and Dani

3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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In America, two boys at the beach with no parental supervision leads to dumb, artificial sex comedies; in Europe, the same material can turn into something genuine and sweet. In a small seaside town near Barcelona, Nico comes to visit his best friend Dani, whose parents are away for the summer. They have the typical male teenager obsessions with masturbation and girls--but Dani is just beginning to realize that he's more interested in Nico than the local girls they've been flirting with. The setup isn't unusual, but what is remarkable about "Nico and Dani" is the unforced naturalism of the acting and the way the story unfolds. All the young actors give simple but nuanced performances, capturing in detail the charming awkwardness of adolescence, with frank sex scenes that are more clumsy and hopeful than erotic. Winner of the Prix de Jeunesse award at Cannes. "--Bret Fetzer"

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Product Details

  • Actors: Fernando Ramallo, Jordi Vilches, Marieta Orozco, Esther Nubiola, Chisco Amado
  • Directors: Cesc Gay
  • Writers: Cesc Gay, Jordi Sánchez, Tomàs Aragay
  • Producers: Gerardo Herrero, Marta Esteban
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QAPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nico and Dani" on IMDb

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By Douglas Kendrick on July 14, 2002
Format: DVD
I'm not even certain where I first heard of this film, but I'm sure glad I did. I've watched it several times and after each viewing I've come to appreciate the story, the actors and the message very deeply. I think it's the finest movie I've ever seen on the subject of friendship and "coming of age", bar none.
Remember back to your youth when times were simpler and all you had to do was think about what you'd do with your friends that day? Nico and Dani recalls that time in such a believable, carefree, almost naive way that all I could do was smile and enjoy the feeling. They do the normal things guys do like go fishing, hunt rabbits, hang out and party with friends. The actors portraying the characters (Fernando Ramallo as Dani and Jordi Vilches as Nico) even look like two average guys at 16--kind of gangly and skinny, just like I remember being back then. In short, I believed it all from the get-go.
The friendship we see is one that obviously has been built up over many, many past summers and each time I watch the film again, the more I realize just how deep that friendship is and how subtly and naturally it's portrayed. I mean, it would have to be pretty deep given that the two boys frequently have a "Krampack" (mutual masturbation session) to help each other out.
The twist in the film comes when Dani begins to realize at this time of adolescent change that he's falling in love with his best friend Nico, just as Nico is finding out how much he's into girls and anxious to go through his own rites of passage. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn't it?
The beauty of this Spanish summertime story, though, is that it doesn't turn into an "Afterschool Special", a platform for gay community propaganda, or a ridiculous "American Pie"-like farce.
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By A Customer on January 24, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is another film that has been touted as the next "Beautiful Thing," but it was not the director's intention to make a love story like that. Rather, this is a series of snapshots of a few days in the lives of two Spanish boys who are heading down different forks in the road. Though clocked at 90 minutes the movie speeds by in seemingly half that time.
Nico is coming to visit Dani at the coast while Dani's parents are away; he is intending to do the same thing he would do if he stayed home in Barcelona, went to Rome, or, for that matter, orbited in the Space Shuttle: chase skirts. Dani has begun to hear the tapping of a different drummer and has apparently had a lot of time to plan all the ways he wants to share his new interests with his long time pal. Clearly these two have been very close. Krammpack (mutual masturbation), the original title of the play, is not just something they've read about in magazines.
The movie is a series of fast moving vignettes of the two boys and the two girls they meet and interact with. They move from incident to incident quickly, not lingering long nor introspecting much about what has happened. Though the age of the two is not clear (I've read as young as 15, as old as 17) it is made clear they are both virgins and minors (in much of Europe, 16 is the age of consent).
There are some unsettling undertones as Dani experiments with sexuality, mas or menos, oblivious for some time to the fact Nico is increasingly uncomfortable with the moves he is putting on him. There is a very unsettling, for me, date rape scene, involving the hoary old concoction Spanish Fly, not the modern date rape drug DHA. The movie remains non-judgemental.
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I loved this movie. It is refreshingly NOT like American coming-of-age movies, which I avoid like the plague. The underlying tension between Nico and Dani over a summer's visit is a constant theme, one that can certainly be familiar to gay people. So much of the time, teenage gay movies either tend to be maudlin, mushy or just plain depressing. This movie is none of those. Another refreshing aspect of the film is that it doesn't try to tie all the loose ends up at the end of the film. I bought the movie and viewed it without reading all the reviews because wanted to view it fresh without preconceptions, and I won't detail it any more than this. It is light as a feather in many ways, which was what I was looking for. I bought the DVD and recommend that any other buyer look at the interviews with Cesc Gay and the main cast members after seeing the movie. Another point: the movie I received was "unrated" but I have no idea why this would even be R-rated. There was no gratuitous nudity, only a topless girl in one scene. I think the censors must've gone overboard on this one. Highly recommended.
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This is a wonderful film about two teenage friends (one gay, one straight) during summer vacation on the coast of Barcelona. I'd place this film on the same level as Wild Reeds (in other words at the very top) as far as coming of age films go. It even features a somewhat similar inconclusive ending that purposely does not wrap up the main characters situation with a neat and tidy dramatic conclusion. There is a low-key charm and naturalism to the whole enterprise and the makers resist conjuring up melodramatic plot contrivances or even comic set pieces, opting instead for an atmospheric slice of life of the two teens and their seaside town. The scenery is gorgeous and rather prompts one to start planning an itinerary to Spain and while it's true that one of the boys is somewhat homely the blonde fellow has the charisma and looks of a future 'name' star. Lastly, after seeing so many gay themed films that seem to feel the need to resort to violence to "pump up" their drama, whether Urbania, Lola and Billy The Kid, Steam, The Delta, Edge of The City, Angel, etc. etc. it's nice to see a work where no one ends up dead by the end. Bravo to all involved with this film!
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