Boystown (Chuecatown) (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Spain, 2007.  , , , , , .  Screenplay by , Juan Flahn, , based on the comic book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Silly romp in which a loving couple is rendered asunder by jealousy, an interfering mother-in-law, and that most inconvenient of relationship killers, a psychopathic murderer who targets old ladies. The trendy district of Chueca is Madrid’s gay hub, inhabited by dwellers of all ages and economic backgrounds, now under threat by an ambitious real-estate agent who kills the elderly women who refuse to sell their flats to him.

One particular couple, a driving instructor and his comic book-loving boyfriend, become suspects in the murders after they are linked to their neighbour’s death by a pan-phobic detective (the great ) and her ambitious son.

Light as a feather and reminiscent of early Almodovar (though with less flair for artistic caprice), the film is adorably fun and visually appealing, from the sunny fruit markets to the red-lit bathhouse of the climactic fight scene.


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