The emotional roller-coaster of growing up gay in “My Best Friend” (mi mejor amigo)
The story of young gay men coming to terms with their sexuality has become a fairly common narrative in Hollywood and European cinema, but Raid Randall looks at Martin Deus’ My Best Friend, Argentina’s gay coming of age story.
The film gives us the story of Lorenzo, a teenage boy who lives with his family in a small town in Patagonia. Lorenzo’s comfortable world is shaken up by the arrival of Caito – the son of a friend of Lorenzo’s father.
There is a sense of mystery surrounding Caito’s arrival, there are secrets and hidden pasts that heighten the sense of danger. And intrigue that the handsome Caito brings with him.
Gradually, Lorenzo and Caito form a strong bond, with unexpected consequences for them both.
One of the strengths of this film is the casting. As Caito, Lautaro Rodríguez delivers the perfect blend of damage bad boy that makes him irresistible. In the role of Lorenzo, Angelo Mutti Spinetta is suitably fresh-face and on the edge of innocence and confusion. Adding authenticity to the family dynamic, Deus has cast Benicio Mutti Spinetta. Angelo’s actual brother – in the role of Lorenzo’s brother Luky.
My Best Friend is a watchable film that reminds us that families are complicate. And that growing up queer is generally an emotional roller-coaster, wherever you are in the world.
MY BEST FRIEND held its world premiere at the Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival
That will hold its US premiere at OUTshine Miami, and will play Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and numerous prestigious festivals throughout the year to be announce shortly. The film stars Angelo Mutti Spinetta, Lautaro Rodríguez, Mariana Anghileri, and Guillermo Pfening.
A story of friendship, or love depending how you look at it. MY BEST FRIEND is written and directed by Martin Deus and proudly produce by Pablo Ingercher and Oh My Gomez! Films, most notably known for producing the films of Marco Berger (Mariposa,Plan B, Absent, and Taekwondo).
MY BEST FRIEND follows Lorenzo, a quiet teenager living with his family at the edge of the world in beautiful Patagonia. One day, Lorenzo’s father decides to host Caito. THE SON of a friend from Buenos Aires who had to go to hospital for a long stay. At first, Caito appears shy, tough, and hardly ever speaks, but over time the two boys become friends.
However, Caito quickly wears out his welcome with Lorenzo’s parents.
Before he’s force to relocate again, Caito reveals to Lorenzo the real reason why he was force to leave home. With a secret to hold, a new responsibility to take, and a troublesome partner by his side. Lorenzo will begin to experience things he never imagine…
“Martin Deus debut feature is a quietly moving story of a relationship. That between two boys that builds into something both difficult and secretive”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “Beautiful performances and assure direction make this a truly unforgettable tale of love and friendship.”
Martin Deus was born in La Plata, Argentina, in 1979. He studied filmmaking at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba. His shorts have participate at more than fifty international film festivals. Such as Sundance, Seattle, Los Angeles Latino, Reeling Chicago, Frameline San Fransisco, Biarritz, Clermont Ferrand, Sapporo and Rencontres de Cinéma d’Amérique Latine de Toulouse. He is also a music videos director. My Best Friend is his first feature film.
Genre: Art House & International, Drama, Romance
Directed By: Martín Deus
Stars: Angelo Mutti Spinetta, Lautaro Rodríguez, Guillermo Pfening
Runtime: 90 minutes
Production Co: Pensa & Rocca Producciones, Oh My Gomez! Films
CRITIC REVIEWS FOR MY BEST FRIEND (MI MEJOR AMIGO)
María Fernanda Mugica
My Best Friend is distinguished within its genre by the care in showing the particularities of the characters and their environment.
My Best Friend captures that confusing stage with sensitivity and subtlety, and does so by portraying the proto-amorous bond between two adolescent males.
My Best Friend is a mature portrait focused on the relationship that these characters slowly build.
My Best Friend marks a before and after in films about the gay community. It’s no longer about a marginalized minority, but rather expressing the universal feelings that we all feel regardless of background.