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Tremors (2019)

Temblores (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 29 November 2019 (USA)
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The coming out of an evangelical father shatters his family, his community and uncovers a profoundly repressive society.

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Jayro Bustamante
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Cast

Credited cast:
Juan Pablo Olyslager ... Pablo
Diane Bathen Diane Bathen ... Isa
Mauricio Armas Zebadúa Mauricio Armas Zebadúa ... Francisco
Rui Frati Rui Frati ... Pastor
Sabrina De La Hoz Sabrina De La Hoz ... Pastora
Magnolia Morales Magnolia Morales ... Cristina
Sergio Luna Sergio Luna ... Salvador
Pablo Arenales Pablo Arenales ... Abel
Mara Martinez Mara Martinez ... Eva
Enrique Argüello Enrique Argüello ... Luis (as Enrique Arguello)
Ayla-Elea Hurtado Ayla-Elea Hurtado ... Lucia
Joaquín Illescas Joaquín Illescas ... Juampi
María Telón ... Rosa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alejandra Estrada Alejandra Estrada ... Pablo's Boss
Pedro Javier Silva Lira Pedro Javier Silva Lira ... Bartender
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The coming out of an evangelical father shatters his family, his community and uncovers a profoundly repressive society.

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Country:

Guatemala | France | Luxembourg

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tremors See more »

Filming Locations:

Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,340, 8 December 2019

Gross USA:

$23,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,813
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2.39 : 1
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Uncomprimising drama about a newly gay man in a traditional marriage.
8 January 2020 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Guatemala City is much like other prominent cities in South America: rich in diversity and burgeoning business. In the matter of gay men, writer/director Jayro Bustamante's Tremors depicts an Antigua state of mind: a family man who professes love for another man is in a world of hurt for his family and himself. Nothing is in the least progressive.

Such a narrow but not uncommon reaction by a local culture as offers a candid representation of the troubles gays can experience in a heavily Catholic and conservative small world. So authentic are the reactions, the film could have just as well have been about the effects of divorce on a community.

Pablo (Juan Pablo Olyslauer) comes home to a phalanx of family ready to condemn his choice of male love over his current heterosexual family life. Olyslauer's underplayed performance makes Pablo an audience-identifier of a person coming to terms with prejudice couched in family values.

Being unjustly called a pedophile, in order to separate him permanently from his children, may be the final indignity for a man who deserves not an iota of scorn for a choice not easily made and deeply felt for the grief he has caused his family and friends. It is rare to find such an honest portrayal of the difficulties a decision like his causes for everyone in his life. Without rancor or weeping and screaming from his family, Tremors quietly exposes the blindness of those surrounding him and his own uncertainty that he may have made the wrong decision.

The later scenes of his society's helping him becoming normal through therapy are the real pain of Tremors because his heart is not in the transformation, but he is willing to sacrifice his own happiness to be with his family.

Nowhere in contemporary cinema will you get as uncompromising a view of the unjust heartache attendant on choosing a societal imperative over one's happiness.


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