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Fireflies (2018)

Luciérnagas (original title)
Ramin flees from persecution in Iran and ends up living in the limbo of exile, far from everything he knows, in the tropical port town of Vera Cruz, Mexico.


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Credited cast:
Arash Marandi ... Ramin
Flor Eduarda Gurrola Flor Eduarda Gurrola ... Leti
Luis Alberti Luis Alberti ... Guillermo
Eligio Meléndez Eligio Meléndez ... Jorge
Eduardo Mendizábal Eduardo Mendizábal ... Ernesto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwarda Gurrola Edwarda Gurrola
Uriel Ledesma Uriel Ledesma ... Cuyo
Ishbel Mata Ishbel Mata ... Rosi (as Ishebel Mata)


Ramin is a young gay man in his 30s who fled the repression in Iran and arrived to Veracruz after traveling clandestinely on a boat from Turkey. While coping with the distance that he has taken with his loved-ones, he begins to discover a freer life here, far from Iran.

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Spanish | English | Persian

Release Date:

7 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fireflies See more »

Filming Locations:

Veracruz, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs



Color (HD)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Real-world story about a gay immigrant exiled from Iran. He sees different freedom in Mexico but his problems to find his place there are also very well portrayed
24 February 2019 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Saw this at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2019. Sufficiently complex story but a bit depressing after all, seeing the many obstacles Ramin must face. Gradually, he gets to know some new people, which is not always easy in a foreign country, but it happens often that they are suddenly planning to go to a better place (some real, some only in their fantasies). As a result, there are a few sub-plots proficiently woven into the story, most of them running dead for a good reason but certainly living up the proceedings.

Eventually, we don't know how Ramin will continue his life further, which of his many options he will explore, and which he will really follow-up on. He has seen the existing freedom yet there are also some counter forces that confine his newly obtained freedom. The language is a complication as well as a plot element, demonstrated via the two-sided language lessons between Ramin and Leti, one wanting to learn Spanish and one to learn English.

All in all, the developments cover many if not all relevant aspects of the plot mixture: immigration, gay sex, building relationships, language problems, unfamiliarity with local culture, and so on. Ramin must work to earn a living, but we see no money problems and he seems to find subsequent jobs without noticeable problems, something that puzzled me. Similarly, there are several other story elements left unexplained, leaving it to us to connect the dots. It did not hamper my viewing experience, however.

Finally, when in doubt to see th is movie, there is no gay sex in the story nor any male nudity. So, don't be afraid to see this movie and live along with the protagonists and their real-world dilemma's. There are more than enough topics you can recognize, gay or straight or something in between.

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