music supervisor: so, how many times do you wanna play ‘rebel girl’ throughout the movie?
amy poehler: yes
Look, I half-expected this to be just a cute, sugary spoonful of ‘pop feminism’ with barely any intersectionality, you know, ‘good intentions, bad execution.’
Well, I was wrong.
I’m pleasantly surprised at how genuinely intersectional this is; how the main character is made aware of her own privileges and learns how to use them in order to help others instead of…
If the movie works as well as it does, it’s 90% because of Cassandra Sánchez Navarro and her endless charm.
And 10% because the movie knows how to take itself just seriously enough in order to come across as warm and cozy, instead of vapid and forgettable.
What can I say? I bought what they were selling. 🤷🏻♂️
The most groundbreaking aspect of this 1978 film is how absolutely boring and unapologetically mundane is the life of the lead character. That’s it, that’s the film. A boring queer life of night clubs and casual sex, and a day job with clueless straight coworkers.
There’s even time for a frank discussion about gay loneliness, about giving yourself up to the emptiness of being single and gay in a big city. The best thing about this particular discussion (shot almost…
Here’s the thing: at this point, we all know the tropes, twists, turns, and turmoils of a standard queer love story. So, in order for your movie to stand out from the rest, it needs to at least have characters that are interesting enough for us to care about their by-the-numbers romance.
And that’s why I loved Esteros: sure, we’ve seen this exact same movie a thousand times before, but Jero and Matías intrigued me, I wanted to spend time with…