A teenage summer in a small town in the desert, a dysfunctional family, a rock band, a can full of glue, two boys, one girl, loads of tongue kisses, dry heat, wind in Patagonia, existential angst… A teenage story in the middle of nowhere.
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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.
The camera puts you right in the gut of sexual tensions ratcheting up without centering spectacle or the trauma (phew!): so the queer teens wander through small towns lit by jade-green skies, led along by desire never ceasing; and you relish blessed horniness, indulgent horniness, unbearable horniness. Sometimes you sniff glue not to seduce your best friend, but to let yourself be seduced.