Jess & James (2015)

Director:Santiago Giralt Producer:Federico Carol Story by: Screenplay by:Santiago Giralt  Music by:Emisor  Cinematography:Connie Martín  Edited by:Santiago Giralt Running time:92 min Country:Argentina Language:Spanish Genre:Drama   Subtitle:English  Starring: Martín Karich ... Gerónimo / Jess, Nicolás Romeo ... James, Federico Fontán ... Tomás,
Alejandro Paker ... Horace
, Nahuel Mutti ... Pedro, Denise Yañez ... Mimí, Umbra Colombo ... James'' Mother,
Mónica Trejo ... Mónica
, Uky Suescun ... Sra. Estancia, Juan Manuel Orlando ... Brenda, Aquiles Yasán ... Ghost,
Marianela Fasce ... Chica Jess
, Flor Ybarra ... Chica Tatuada, Nina Jardín ... Leia Sarraute, Nino Jardín ... León Sarraute,
Lautaro Varela ... Nino Lautaro
, Martina Matich Giralt ... Nina Tina, Coral Yasan ... Nina 1, París Yasan ... Nina 2,
Ana Xanthopoulos ... Mother Ninas
, Gerónimo Marroquín ... Chico, Noe Salvadori ... Chica,
Mauro Bertozzi ... Empleado
, Perra ... Cali




Jess is a bohemian youth with secrets to hide from his shrewd parents. James feels trapped living with his irritable mother. After meeting for a sexual encounter, the two young men set off on a spontaneous road trip across rural Argentina to reunite with Jess'' estranged brother. On their journey, they confront strange occurrences and engage in a ménage à trois affair that brings them closer. Their newly found affection grows, all while discovering a fresh vision of freedom and happiness. JESS & JAMES is a sexually charged road-trip movie, a love story, and a coming-of-age tale, set against the mythical landscape of the Argentinian Pampas.

User Reviews

Gay Road Trip Tale from Argentina

14 October 2015 | by Tom Dooley (London,United Kingdom)

Jess is described as ''a Bohemian youth'' who is struggling, in Argentina, to live up to the expectations of his parents and wants to be who he really is – and that is gay. Then there is James who is a disgruntled waiter and is fed up living with his yoga loving and judgemental mother. The two guys hook up – and after some graphic, if simulated, rutting they decide to go on a road trip.

This is the story of that trip and the good and bad times that ensue including meeting Tomas and what he brings to the relationship. Now this is a small budget affair – they even have a Citroen for the road trip and the music is a bit electro annoying in places and for me was the least enjoyable part of this film – others may disagree. Despite that this is still an accomplished effort.

It is though fairly stylish and depictions of sex and the emotions that are evoked are all done extremely well. A relatively unknown cast did not show any limitations by their lack of experience and all manage to do convincing performances. It is also very beautifully shot with a keen eye for an arty angle and very good use of colour and texture to add to the mood and depth of the scenes. It is in Spanish with OK sub titles and runs to around 92 minutes. This is for those World Cinema fans who don''t mind a bit of sex but also want the story to be the main pull and enjoy a smattering of art-house on the side.