›› Guacho ‹‹

a short film by Matias Magnano.

2018 | 20 mins | Argentina.

an achingly realistic depiction of finding love, even in the most harshest of environments.

Dave says:

This down-to-earth short film from co-writer and director Matias Magnano focuses on the lives of somewhat unlikely best friends Darío (Mariano Cornejo) and taller of the two Maikol (Mariano Ludueña); namely a pair of likeable young lads raised in the poverty stricken ghettos of Argentina. Used to a way of life littered with the brutal reality of the never ending battles between the police and the criminal ways of streetwise gangs, they make the best of a sorry situation by taking refuge wherever they can; be it under a bridge smoking some weed and drinking the odd beer or two. Only when Darío cuts short a local football game to be with Maikol, the two decide to break free from their mundane existence, if just for a day, only to find that the reality of their lives cannot be so easily escaped.

For that is what dominates this deeply poignant work, as seemingly endless shots of derelict buildings and the actuality of life in the hood are strikingly juxtaposed with the beauty of the countryside, as the two best friends spend their and for that matter their grandmother's loose change to venture out of the city to the surrounding area. In the process, Magnano lets the camera observe a different side to their characters, as the two enjoy a carefree swim in a nearby river, to later getting drunk around a camp fire in a roofless house, long since abandoned. Only here, the reality of their lives is but a heartbeat away, as their tranquillity is soon to be shattered upon the arrival of the long arm of the law.

Played with a lush natural air by the Cornejo / Ludueña pairing, frankly there's a lot to like here, even if the gay aspect of the piece is largely confined to a few seconds in the closing act. Yet its message is loud and clear, being in effect an achingly realistic depiction of finding love and comfort, even in the most harshest of environments. Say no more.

›› available as part of THE LATIN BOYS - VOLUME 2 shorts compilation.
›› posted: Thursday, 25th February, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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