Rent Esteros (2016)

3.6 of 5 from 67 ratings
1h 23min
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Synopsis:
Matias (Ignacio Rogers) and Jeronimo (Esteban Masturini) have know each other since childhood. The summer before the start of high school they experience their sexual awakening together and the friendship transforms. But soon after they are separated as Matias and his family move away. More than ten years later, Matias returns to his old town and runs into Jeronimo who has accepted his homosexuality and lives his life as he chooses. Seeing his friend again reminds him of what they shared together when they were teenagers and gives Matias the chance to choose his real feelings rather than what he felt he had to do to please others.
Actors:
, Esteban Masturini, Joaquín Parada, Blas Finardi Niz, , Renata Calmon, , , , Felipe Titto, Mercedes Gonzalez, Noelja Waldovino, Emiliano Rajzner, Luciano Gonzalez Quintana, Federico Yardín
Directors:
Papu Curotto
Producers:
Papu Curotto, Pablo Destito, Claudio Rogeiro Quinta Dos Santos, Maite Echave
Writers:
Andi Nachon
Studio:
Matchbox Films
Genres:
Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/07/2017
Run Time:
83 minutes
Languages:
Spanish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
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Reviews (3) of Esteros

Easy to watch - Esteros review by TB

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19/08/2018

This is an easy to watch and effortless tale of longing and love between two lifelong friends from a young age. The story doesn’t use and doesn’t need anything to force its point and is very believable in ultimately reflecting exactly what young gay love is like. I liked the way the story kept switching between their childhood and adulthood to show their initial sexual awakening and how they had gone full circle and returned to the point of realisation that they had always loved and longed for each other. The acting and the filming isn’t anything special but it didn’t need to be in delivering this warming tale of love.

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Good story - Esteros review by JM

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18/09/2018

Definitely a film worth watching what is a touching story which reflects real life. Yes it's subtitles but the story works so well you forget they are there. Four stars.

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Totally predictable and...... - Esteros review by CB

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04/12/2019

A totally predictable storyline and outcome, and none the worse for that!

It’s a gentle, beautifully worked story of the awkwardness and societal problems of gay love. I thought  the acting was spot-on in all parts, the kid’s especially. Thoroughly enjoyed this film.

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Critic review

Esteros review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

Esteros is hardly a surprising film, given the majority of events play out in the same fashion as one would imagine they will. To this extent, the whole structure of the film doesn’t break any conventions, nor it has to – it just is and the audience is expected to know this and cherish it. In particularly, the flashback sequences are somewhat clichéd to an extent they become predictable, but eve this fact does not make Esteros less of a charming cinematic experience. Go into this by knowing that it won’t surprise you, nor shake the foundations of modern film; enjoy Esteros for what it is: a romantic telling of a deeply personal story of two lovers.

The film starts by introducing our two main protagonists, Matias (Ignacio Rogers) and Jeronimo (played by Esteban Masturini). When we are first introduced to these characters, they are still teenagers and live their ordinary lives without any big revelations or reality-tearing conflicts. This is where the film’s weakest point can be located, mainly in its inability to introduce the main conflict in a natural way. Namely, Esteros plays around with the idea of separated lovers, but it does so in a way that artificially separates the two protagonists (despite the natural flow of the story), and pairs them again in the future by, again, artificially created circumstances. For the paradox to be complete however, this is also where the movie shines.

It is exactly this interpersonal relationship of Matias and Jeronimo the crucial idea that moves the whole experience forward. As they age, so does their dynamic change – which is depicted with some personal charm with kudos to both the two young and older actors as well. For instance, when they first meet after years of absence, there is a certain tension in the air as they try to adjust their manners in regards to being in the close proximity of each other. In fact, the tension between these two is so palpable that one can cut it with a knife.

In terms of cinematography, Esteros is a very quiet film, and I don’t mean this in a bad way. Its quietness adds to its uniqueness, and that in turn builds the narrative and accompanies the story in a very precise manner. For instance, we know that Matias and Jeronimo would end up being together in the end, since to do it otherwise would represent a cardinal sin with everything that was established in the film thus far. And thusly, Esteros is not so much about the destination, as it is more about the journey itself (overused paraphrase, but fitting).

To conclude, Esteros is not your run-on-the-mil, typical queer drama; this film has something going for it, and that’s real emotion folks.

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