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Lorenzo (Angelo Mutti Spinetta), a teenager who lives in Patagonia, receives Caíto (Lautaro Rodríguez), the son of some friends of the family who are going through a serious situation and cannot take care of him. Caíto is a troubled young man who has difficulty adapting. In spite of the differences they have a peculiar friendship, where each one learns a lot from the other. One day Caíto tells him the real reason why he had to leave his house. From then on, Lorenzo will have to take charge of a secret too heavy to carry.
A very gentle and warm film
Very much enjoyed this tale of a family who have relocated to give themselves space to grow as a family giving their kids a good start. The eldest is a reserved young man beginning to question his sexuality and going through a degree of making tentative steps in the same direction as his peers adding only to his questions. Enter the mix a childhood friend, the son of his father’s friend who has reached out to him to take his son in to weather a bit of a storm at home. The new addition is much looser & willing to stretch rules, boundaries etc whilst still at heart a youngster with his own challenges too. What follows is a learning curve for both about trusting, sharing, loosening up and treading softly on the feelings of others including considering others at all. The older lad is kissed on the cheek by the younger having gotten a little high on a cannabis spliff. The older lad does not judge the situation & doesn’t make a big deal of it. What changes is the warmth between them & to a degree the caring they have for each other. If you’ve seen North Sea Texas this film has much the same warmth between the two young leads but here there is no suggestion of a sexual relationship. What does come through is the parents have considered the closeness of the two & the apparent lack of any desire to get a girlfriend in their son. The mother makes it clear, they have no issues if feelings have developed and their son makes clear this isn’t something he can define let alone discuss at this stage. The older lad hears news from back home and feels he must leave & despite the younger lad asking him to stay and face things out with his family’s help, he slips away. The film isn’t at all melancholy, everyone is learning and negotiating life with our young lad whilst sad at his loss of a closer male friendship than he’d hitherto experienced he does go forward safe in the knowledge he’s loved and his judgement is respected in his home and family. I’m betting parents could gain some insights on letting go a little and trusting (with boundaries) the feelings, views and judgement of teenagers. It’s definitely worth watching, and I’ll happily view it again. Gently, warm hearted, realistic with a slight echo in places of “Beautiful Thing”