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José (2018)

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José (19 years old) lives with his Mother (50s) in Guatemala City - a typical lower-class existence in one of the world's most dangerous, religious, and impoverished countries. She never ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrique Salanic Enrique Salanic ... Jose
Manolo Herrera Manolo Herrera ... Luis
Ana Cecilia Mota Ana Cecilia Mota ... Mom
Jhakelyn Waleska Gonzalez Gonzalez Jhakelyn Waleska Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Monica
Esteban Lopez Ramirez Esteban Lopez Ramirez ... Carlos
Cesar Lorenzo Yojcom Candido Cesar Lorenzo Yojcom Candido ... Manager
Juan Andres Molina Cardona Juan Andres Molina Cardona ... Juan
Alba Irene Lemus Alba Irene Lemus ... Grandma
Carlos Humberto Fuentes Maldonado Carlos Humberto Fuentes Maldonado ... Dancing teacher
Jennifer Cecilia Amoia Mota Jennifer Cecilia Amoia Mota ... Sister
Evelyn Celinda Bautista Torres Evelyn Celinda Bautista Torres ... Luis's mom
Jashua Belvino Argueta Mejia Jashua Belvino Argueta Mejia ... Paolo
Valeria Maribel Xutuc Reyes Valeria Maribel Xutuc Reyes ... Emma
Mytian Ticas Mytian Ticas ... Unattractive guy
Rony Andres Saavedra Rony Andres Saavedra ... Bus boy
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José (19 years old) lives with his Mother (50s) in Guatemala City - a typical lower-class existence in one of the world's most dangerous, religious, and impoverished countries. She never had a husband, and José is her youngest and favorite child. Her life is her church, and selling sandwiches at a bus stop. José spends his days on cramped buses and fighting traffic as he runs food to waiting drivers. Aloof and resigned to things as they are, he fills his free moments playing with his phone and random sex arranged on street corners and dating apps. When he meets Luis, a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, they pursue an unexpected relationship and José is thrust into passion and pain and self-reflection that was previously unimaginable. Written by anonymous

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..longing in Guatemala, a simple story about love See more »

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Country:

Guatemala | USA

Language:

Spanish

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February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Jose See more »

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YQstudio LLC See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Filmed entirely on-location in three completely different regions of Guatemala - urban highlands in Guatemala City, Caribbean coast rain forest (Izabal), and Pacific coast region (Mazatenango and Escuintla) See more »

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Decent composite of Guatemalan gay youth
5 June 2019 | by chong_anSee all my reviews

Jose is the only child who is still living at home with his mother, with both having to start a commute before dawn to their respective jobs. Jose's sexual release is with men in a hotel that rents rooms by the hour. When offered chances for a long-term relationship, Jose has a battle between love and loyalty to his mother.

I saw this film at the Inside Out LGBT film festival, with a Q+A with the co-writer. The director and writers spent time in Central America interviewing subjects, and this is a composite of their research. Unfortunately, references to Guatemalan culture and history could be lost to foreigners. Rather crucial to the story is the frequency mothers may hang on to their youngest children to avoid being alone (there is a reference to Jose's sisters). Other references are to a civil war and an earthquake, both of which killer a great number of people, but may be extraneous to the main theme of choices in life.

The film is shot in a raw, gritty style, but that suits the environment the characters live in.


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