End of the Century

Director: Lucio Castro

Courtesy of: Stray Dogs Drama | English Subtitles | Gay | Spanish | Unclassified 18+ | 84 | Argentina | 2019

Synopsis

Taking home the Jury Prize for Best First Feature at Frameline, Argentinian writer/ director Lucio Castro’s whirlwind romance set on the beaches and backstreets of beautiful Barcelona brings to mind Andrew Haigh’s Weekend. Not unlike that film, the two hunky men hook-up on Grindr and get way more emotionally bonded than they expected.

As great as that set-up is, what at first plays out as a wistful longing for a lost moment soon becomes an intriguingly perplexing puzzle box. When, exactly, these boys met and just how many times becomes a fascinating, heart-aching mystery spread across a non- linear timeline that’s deliciously unmooring.

Featuring one of the best 80s pop needle drops set to an adorably dorky dance sequence, End of the Century is a mysterious, seductive ride that invites you to release yourself into its dreamy rhythm and drift away. We promise your heart will never be the same again when the end credits roll.

Review

With hues of “Weekend” and “Call Me by Your Name,” Lucio Castro’s poignant and sexy romance will break your heart and mend it all at once. – Indiewire

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