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It is summertime in a blue-collar, marginal district of a city in the South of Spain. Tano, a teenager currently serving a sentence in a juvenile reform center, is given a 48-hour leave to attend his brother's wedding. Together with his best friend Richi, Tano plans to enjoy his 48-hour pass to the limit, doing all the things he is normally prohibited from doing. He gets drunk, takes drugs, steals, has sex and hangs out with his buddies. He feels free and exerts that freedom with all the force and audacity of a teenager. By the end of his 48-hour pass, Tano has also witnessed the collapse of all the things he takes for granted in his life: the neighborhood, his family, friends and loved-ones - everything is somehow different for him. More than just two days of freedom, Tano's leave turns out to be a journey into maturity. Written by
'7 virgenes' succeeds to raise above its genre. The action happens in a suburb in Spain with the principal character getting out from a juvenile institution for 48 hours in order to attend his brother's wedding. How will he use the time, how will he catch with the time spent inside and reconnect with the real world. Director Alberto Rodríguez's hero does not want or does not seem capable to disconnect from the habits of his past, all the teenage heroes actually seem to be caught in a circle of violence and small crime that they do try to escape. Without falling into melodrama or making any strong social comment the movie focuses instead on the psychology of the hero and of his friend, the horizon or the lack of horizon of their lives and future. Succeeding to produce a well acted film, with a good sense of rhythm and a dose of sympathy for the characters at the fringe of the society director Alberto Rodríguez shows here a talent that may show up more obviously if and when he will approach some more interesting themes.
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