›› Unicorn - Unicornio ‹‹

a short film by Rodrigo Bellott.

2014 | 30 mins | Bolivia.

a deeply powerful work on religious fundamentalism and the ingrained homophobia therein.

Dave says:

From writer and director Rodrigo Bellott comes this remarkably poignant work on religious fundamentalism and the ingrained homophobia therein.

It's a situation that twenty-five-year-old German / Bolivian Mennonite Isaac (Doug Porter) is all too aware of, having been raised in a pious clan whose religious code forbids them the use of modern-day technology and here think cars and smartphones, replaced by horse-drawn carts and word-of-mouth. Yet this is also a community and indeed a father who does not think twice in locking his son up for weeks on end in a box-like cell for having dared to break their strict interpretation of the Bible. Freed from solitary confinement thanks to local police shocked at what they found, Isaac is nevertheless all but shunned by those around him, including painfully his six younger siblings.

Yet ironically it's by way of his work on the dairy farm and the delivery of milk churns to the neighbouring town, that brings him into contact with Fernando (Eric Robles); a cute Latino who clearly prays at the same sexual Church. Breaking free from the farm one night, the two rejoice in a night of passion. Only in such a homophobic community, one that seemingly has eyes everywhere, is Isaac's gay awakening about to come at a heavy cost?

Inspired by a true story, this beautifully played work goes out of its way to showcase a love that dare not speak its name and in this case - doesn't, given neither Isaac or Fernando speak the German / Spanish tongues of the other, leaving the Porter / Robles boys to emotionally convey their feelings through telling glances and body language. Yet outside of the beauty of the tender scenes between them, lies the reality of sexual prejudice and here Bellott does not shy away from depicting a closed community whose bigoted opinions are far removed from the views of an open society, along the way juxtaposing the sheer joy of the two young men finally being able to let their rainbow hearts run free, knowing that they risk everything to do so, with the sheer inhuman result of having dared to be your sexual self.

Complete with the at times picture postcard like cinematography of Michael Belcher, the result is a deeply powerful work that in relatively few words achingly illustrates how the LGBT rights that we take for granted in the West, are but a dream for all too many gay men and women living in other parts of the world, and indeed in communities who are all too keen to preach the word of God, but show none of his love and compassion in return. Shocking, yet equally haunting, goes without saying.

›› available as part of THE LATIN BOYS - VOLUME 1 shorts compilation.
›› posted: Sunday, 24th January, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - the full monty. 
Overall - file under ... 4+ stars. 

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