José lives with his mother in Guatemala. It's a tough life in one of the most violent and religious countries. When he meets Luis, he's thrust into new-found passion and pain.


Li Cheng
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrique Salanic Enrique Salanic ... Jose
Manolo Herrera Manolo Herrera ... Luis
Ana Cecilia Mota Ana Cecilia Mota ... Mom
Jhakelyn Waleska Gonzalez Gonzalez Jhakelyn Waleska Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Monica
Esteban Lopez Ramirez Esteban Lopez Ramirez ... Carlos
Cesar Lorenzo Yojcom Candido Cesar Lorenzo Yojcom Candido ... Manager
Juan Andres Molina Cardona Juan Andres Molina Cardona ... Juan
Alba Irene Lemus Alba Irene Lemus ... Grandma
Carlos Humberto Fuentes Maldonado Carlos Humberto Fuentes Maldonado ... Dancing teacher
Jennifer Cecilia Amoia Mota Jennifer Cecilia Amoia Mota ... Sister
Evelyn Celinda Bautista Torres Evelyn Celinda Bautista Torres ... Luis's mom
Jashua Belvino Argueta Mejia Jashua Belvino Argueta Mejia ... Paolo
Valeria Maribel Xutuc Reyes Valeria Maribel Xutuc Reyes ... Emma
Mytian Ticas Mytian Ticas ... Unattractive guy
Rony Andres Saavedra Rony Andres Saavedra ... Bus boy


José (19 years old) lives with his Mother (50s) in Guatemala: a tough life in one of the most violent and religious countries. His life is his phone, crowded buses, work in the street and random sex. When he meets Luis, he's thrust into new-found passion and pain.

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a simple story about love - filmed in Guatemala, in Spanish with English subtitles See more »




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Guatemala's first international feature film with "queer" theme. See more »

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One of the most realistic depictions of romance ever put on film
24 November 2020 | by archiemillsSee all my reviews

Form beginning to end, this film never fails to capture the true nature of relationships. It almost too brutally showcases the heart-wrenching struggles of relationships, and how truly incomprehensible the extra strife that gay people go through is. Anchored by a top notch performance and brilliant use of the Guatemalan landscape (physically and socially), this film delivers layers that will stick with you.

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Release Date:

31 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

José See more »

Filming Locations:

Guatemala City, Guatemala See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,191, 2 February 2020

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Company Credits

Production Co:

YQstudio LLC See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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