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A lonely TV weatherman strikes up an unusual friendship with a middle-aged Latino migrant worker.

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John Butler

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John Butler
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Bomer ... Sean
Alejandro Patiño ... Ernesto
Elena Campbell-Martinez ... Linda
Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Ash
Michael Shepperd Michael Shepperd ... Stan
Tommie Earl Jenkins ... Tom
Shaughn Buchholz ... Mike
Tom Beyer ... Floor Manager
Irene White ... Director
Caitlin Kimball ... Horticultural Student #1
Marisa Szczepan ... Horticultural Student #2
Brandon Kyle Goodman ... Devan
Blaine Swen ... Todd
Martin Morales Martin Morales ... Shaved Ice Vendor
Nick Bush ... Boat Attendant
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A lonely TV weatherman strikes up an unusual friendship with a middle-aged Latino migrant worker.

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A buddy movie about the unconventional friendship between a lonely weatherman and a migrant worker.

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8 September 2018 (Canada) See more »

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Una Pagina Mas
Written by Raul Ramirez Garcia
Performed by Johnny Degollado y Su Conjunto
Courtesy of D.L.B. Records
Published by San Antonio Music Publishers, Inc.
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Indie Gem
13 October 2018 | by SacotraSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see the European premiere of 'Papi Chulo' at the London Film Festival. And what a wonderful movie this is. On its face, the tale of a lonely weatherman and the connection he develops with the Latino day laborer he hires to do some painting, on a deeper level it is a moving exploration of loneliness. Do not let that put you off, however. This is not a depressing movie; it has moments of true, laugh-out-loud comedy as well as moments of real tragedy that lead finally to a warm, hopeful ending.

All the performances work. Alejandro Patiño is very good as a man of basic decency and honesty who finds himself in some awkward situations and reacts in the best way he knows how - or, frankly, anyone could be expected to. But the movie hangs on Bomer's performance - he is in almost every scene - and he delivers and then some. Everything about the performance hits the mark, from heartwarming comedy to heartbreaking tragedy, Bomer clearly went all in, but avoids histrionics to bring to the screen a visceral, moving, touching portrayal of a man struggling to deal with grief and immense loss the best way he knows how. In a more mainstream movie (and a fairer world), I honestly believe this performance would garner awards attention.

John Butler's writing and direction are all thoroughly accomplished, exploring big themes via his main character's contained, personal story. The screenplay is beautifully paced, never rushing but never slow. There are highlight scenes both at the comedic end of the spectrum (the 'singing Madonna in the taxi' scene manages to be both moving and funny) and at the tragic (some of Bomer's finest moments in the film).

There is nothing showy about this movie - there's no big budget or effects - but it does what it sets out to do perfectly. I very rarely give a 10 to anything, but I give one to this because I honestly can't think of anything that could be improved within the scope of this film's ambitions. It is a thoroughly satisfying movie-going experience: it provides laughter and tears, gives food for thought on multiple fronts, and finds its way to a satisfying, but not trite, ending.

Congratulations to all involved. I hope this movie finds distribution deals that allow as many people as possible to see it in theatres, and fingers crossed for streaming distribution that will allow the millions of people to see it that it deserves.


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