Feriado – Holiday

Seen as part of the ¡Viva! Film Festival.

Apparently set in 1999, just before the economic collapse in Ecuador, although this wasn’t evident to me.

The really interesting thing would have been to explore the race/class/money themes which are touched upon, but instead the film becomes a cliché coming-of-age story (oh how I hate that phrase) about a teenage boy coming to terms with his homosexuality during a holiday away from home blah blah blah.

It’s been done so many times before, and without the cringeworthy shots lingering on a young man’s torso etc. The audience actually laughed out loud during those scenes, which probably tells you everything you need to know.

Had I seen this in 1999 I might have been impressed.