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Film Review: ‘The Last Match’

15 January 2014 4:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Life gets complicated for two best friends in Havana when they begin to acknowledge a same-sex attraction between them in “The Last Match,” a solid drama from director/co-scenarist Antonio Hens (“Clandestinos”). Shot in Puerto Rico, this leisurely tale offers no great surprises in the way it considers the relationship between cultural machismo and the closeted life, or in its eventual turn toward tragedy. But it’s well crafted and cast to a sum effect that’s consistently engaging, if not quite memorable. After a fest run, “Match” will make its U.S. theatrical bow Jan. 24 on Landmark screens in San Francisco and Miami, with modest expansion likely.

Yosvani (Milton Garcia) and Rey (Reinier Diaz) play on an amateur slum soccer team.Yosvani lives with his fiancee, Gema (Beatriz Mendez), and her black-marketeer father, Silvano (Luis Alberto Garcia). Rey’s more impoverished circumstances are with wife Liudmila (Jenifer Rodriquez), their baby, »

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