Two boys, Lucas and Nacho, and their sidekick, Andrea, are growing up in a small remote town in Patagonia where they are experiencing the growing pains of adolescence. Lucas contends with his parents’ imminent divorce. Nacho obsesses over music and sex, while Andrea is preoccupied with her too-slowly developing body. Once the three connect they become inseparable. This award-winning feature by first-time filmmaker Alexis Dos Santos reflects an intensity only possible with a talented risk-taking cast and a story rooted in the director’s intimate knowledge of his subject. Scenes were shot in an improvisational style in digital video, capturing the wild beauty of Patagonia’s hot, dry and windswept summer landscape. –New Directors/New Films
Alexis Dos Santos grew up in Patagonia. He studied architecture and acting in Buenos Aires before moving to London to train as a director at the National Film and Television School. He returned to Patagonia to make his debut feature. Glue premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, winning the MovieZone Award-the first of 15 international awards. Unmade Beds, his second film, was written under the auspices of a Cinefondation writing residency in Paris. —sundance.org
Alexis dos Santos is side by side with Gus Van Sant and Lucrecia Martel in portraying adolescence in a realistic and, well, an arty way. Some similarities to Os Famosos e os Duendes da Morte, and a few with Duck Season and Machuca. Family scenes remind: La ciénaga, La Mujer sin Cabeza and Home (Ursula Meier). Chocolate milk scene: Show me Love (Lukas Moodysson). Great soundtrack by Violent Femmes.