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Nico and Dani (2000)
"Krámpack" (original title)

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A Spanish coming of age story focusing on the antics of two 17 year olds, who have a posh beach house almost all to themselves one summer. This is also a summer of sexual awakenings.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Ramallo ...
Dani
Jordi Vilches ...
Nico
Marieta Orozco ...
Elena
Esther Nubiola ...
Berta
Chisco Amado ...
Julián
Ana Gracia ...
Sonia
Myriam Mézières ...
Marianne
Muntsa Alcañiz ...
Madre Dani
Mingo Ràfols ...
Arturo
Pau Durà ...
Mario
Eduardo González ...
Camarero
Gaelle Poulavec ...
Chica
Jesús Garay ...
Padre Dani
Eloi Yebra ...
Manu
Jordi Sánchez
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Coming of age, on a Barcelona beach, during an eventful week: Nico arrives at Dani's for part of the summer. Dani's parents are away, Nico is keen to lose his virginity, and Dani, who's been Nico's friend since grammar school, wants time only with Nico. Dani's plans to hunt and fish are waylaid when Nico catches the eye of Elena and her cousin Berta. He wants to go to the beach with the girls, cook them dinner, and make love to at least one of them. Dani wants social and physical contact with Nico. Watching from a short distance are Sonia, Dani's tutor, and Julian, a gay writer, who picks up Dani's vibes. Can Nico and Dani sort out friendship as well as their mixed desires? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong sexual content, some drug use and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,942 (USA) (2 February 2001)

Gross:

$347,986 (USA) (13 July 2001)
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Uplifting yet sap-free...
11 October 2003 | by (Chapel Hill, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

I completely missed the boat on this one - KRAMPACK (a.k.a. NICO & DANI) is an excellent film. To temporarily ditch any pretense of objectivity, this was very nostalgic - my adolescence was a good bit more modest, but the experiences and conversations (even the summertime setting) at many points through this film hit close to home. I won't rehash the plot, which is well-covered by previous reviewers here, but I will say that the film really gets the mix of unease and anticipation right in depicting the evolving relationship between Nico & Dani. On this front, it's a five-star gay-themed drama.

The performances are quite expressive and naturalistic - no movie-of-the-week feelgood speeches appear here, and none are needed. The slightest changes in expression (contrast Nico's responses to Dani through the first 2/3 of the film, to his responses during the last 20 minutes or so) convey great warmth and understanding, giving him the ability to reaffirm his friendship with Dani (in a 'positive' statement greater than any speech) even as they both understand by film's end that the dynamic of their friendship won't ever be quite the same.

On this note the film does have something to offer anyone - it's universal without getting saccharine, and deeply committed to the humanity of its' characters. There aren't any complex philosophical or political undercurrents here, but none are needed - the respect and graceful treatment afforded to two ultimately different characters are more than adequate. A fine flick.


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