An Argentine "Stand By Me", Buenos Aires KM 100 is a touching story about five friends growing from childhood into adolescence. The small quiet town they live in doesn't have much to offer and can't fulfill their curiosity.
A group of five friends around thirteen years old begin to understand that life is not simply about riding bicycles, playing soccer games, or, if they can, enjoying the summer. Guido works under his father's orders and is sometimes rewarded with a beating. Damian is an adopted child and, as such, suffers from an identity crisis that typically marks the teenage years. Matias is left outside his own house every night by his hateful parents. Alejo discovers that his mother has a lover and that women have desires and men have their failures. Esteban is the goal-keeper of the football team and, as such, has the central role among his friends. Esteban draws his generosity from his family. With their hormones kicking in due to reaching puberty, the boys become curious about women and begin to have sexual desires, yet they still have to deal with their parents and families. They begin to spend time outside a women's hairdressing salon. The five boys yearn to grow older faster and dream about ...
The main strength of this film is it's simplicity. Without being too convoluted, the film has an interesting and entrapping story. Despite the simplicity of the actual narrative, the movie is surprisingly deep and stratified, as proved by the way the story is written to analogously follow the five protagonists , one of many themes during the movies being how all boys that age go through very similar situations and feelings. The story itself is quite original, and feels, to the viewer, very realistic. The feelings each character has really hit home, and even though some situations seem a tad far-fetched, it all fits into the atmosphere of teenage anxiety and drama, and awkward feeling of not knowing how to react to some situations.
This is a movie that when you see it, you feel the complexity, you don't have to re-watch it five times to finally catch all the clues to understand whats going on. This simplicity is very refreshing allowing the viewer to simply absorb and enjoy the core of the movie.
Basically, this movie is an easy watch that brings the viewer back to the beginning of the teenage years by creating a illusion of simplicity and awkwardness.
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