Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: El Cuarto de Leo
Leo brings his girlfriend home to meet mother and brother and they’re thrilled to make her acquaintance. The fly in the ointment is that at night he surfs the internet looking for men to meet and get together with. Eventually he breaks up with his girlfriend, thinking he can no longer live a lie, but then a chance encounter with an old friend from school, sees him inviting her over in the hopes of possibly continuing his denial. When one of his internet dates turns out to be a boy with whom he might actually make a genuine connection, Leo’s ideas about sexuality, masculinity and the future course of his life are put before him and he is forced to make a decision. Caro has her own drama to deal with at the same time in this sweet, extremely well acted film that makes a for a very enjoyable coming-of-age experience. Arturo Goetz is excellent as Leo’s pothead roommate, whose critical moment of choice in life is eternally linked to the original Star Wars trilogy.
Screenplay by Enrique Buchichio.
Cinematography by Pedro Luque.
Produced by Natacha Lopez.
Music by Sebastian Kramer.
Production Design by Paula Villalba.