After the loss of both parents, 11 years old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to ... See full summary »
Matias and Jeronimo know each other since childhood. Their friendship takes a new turn during the holiday before starting high school when they both experience their sexual awakening. ... See full summary »
Armando, a 50 year man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever.
Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them.
When everything is for sale, what's the value of love? Jesus does make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams of being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.
I have traveled some of the world including places like Bangkok, Thailand and Manila, Philippines where I have seen people of all ages and walks of life struggling to understand their sexuality and how they fit into this turbulent judgmental world. Although I respectfully agree with the summary of the film and the interesting and good review by Mr. Torchia as he gives us a compare and contrast of times past to the present story presented in this film, (Thank you Mr. Torchia) I also feel that overall the film strives to cover a lot of territory and complexities of the various characters and their identities as best it can. I would have been grateful to have been able to know more about each of the characters and how they came to be where they are in life but in film making cost and time limit that possibility all to often. I will say this, I very much enjoyed this film (and had a good cry) and could not only relate to Jesus and his struggle but also that of Mamma whose character I feel brought much value to the film as a story as she/he tried to help Jesus navigate his identity development and is telling of the trials transgender and other alternate individuals must deal with daily in a often non accepting straight world. A great film overall and deserving I feel of a top score.
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