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East Side Story (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 7 June 2006 (USA)
The arrival of Anglo newcomers to an East L.A. Latino neighborhood rocks the quiet world of a handsome young local who is torn between the family restaurant and life as a big city chef.

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Carlos Portugal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
René Alvarado ... Diego Campos
David Berón ... Pablo Morales
Gladise Jiminez ... Bianca Campos (as Gladise Jimenez)
Steve Callahan ... Wesley Henderson
Cory Schneider ... Jonathan Webber (as Cory Alan Schneider)
Irene DeBari ... Sara Campos (as Irene DeBari)
Luis Accinelli Luis Accinelli ... Don Rogelio
Yelyna De Leon ... Tiffany
Luis Raul Luis Raul ... Salvador
Jason Kordelos Jason Kordelos ... Lowell
Ruben Rabasa ... Efrain Morales
Andrea Zafra Andrea Zafra ... Janice Morales (as Andrea Levin Zafra)
Michael Cassidy Michael Cassidy ... Dennis
Michael Cormier Michael Cormier ... Dan
Cris Franco Cris Franco ... Mr. Martinez
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Storyline

East Side Story is the story of Diego (René Alvarado), a young, closeted Latino, who helps his grandmother (Irene DeBari) run the family restaurant while carrying on a relationship with equally closeted Pablo (David Berón). Diego has long felt trapped by the conservative culture of East LA and plans to move away and open an upscale restaurant, hopefully with his lover, but Pablo views their relationship very differently - a point driven home when he begins dating Diego's Aunt Bianca (Gladise Jimenez). At the same time, Wesley and his boyfriend move in, gentrifying the neighborhood. The attraction between Wesley and Diego is immediate and electric, forcing both men to reexamine their state of affairs. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Love Thy Neighbor...Just Don't Get Caught.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Del otro lado de la historia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

The restaurant in the movie Tio Pepe's is the same restaurant featured on the show East Los High. Since the director for both is Carlos Portugal. See more »

Quotes

Tiffany: I guess conversion therapy never works.
Diego Campos: Don't say that. It worked for Mr. Martínez and Mr. Gonzáles.
Tiffany: Not really. I heard they left their wives and ran away together. They're opening up a bed and breakfast... in Ensenada.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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What a Way to Break Into Film! Great Date Movie!
7 June 2006 | by MattNYCSee all my reviews

Very enjoyable, well-acted, well-scripted romantic movie! It's hard to believe this is Mr. Portugal's debut film. It doesn't hurt that the movie is chock-full of really cute actors, with enough shirtless scenes and quick rump shots that titillate. ;)

Great characters--almost all the main characters were fully developed. Unlike many gay films, some female characters were given genuine roles and they soared with them. There was definitely a chemistry between ALL of the actors and the movie flowed very well.

Standout performances by René Alvarado as Diego and Irene DeBarri as his grandmother.

This is the best film I have seen so far this year at New Fest in NYC.


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