Holiday (Feriado) (2014)

Director:Diego Araujo Producer:Irina Caballero, Hanne-Lovise Skartveit, Renos Vakis Screenplay by:Diego Araujo

Music by:Daniele Luppi  Cinematography:Magela Crosignani Edited by:Diego Araujo, Julián Giulianelli Running time:82 min 

Country:Ecuador, Argentina Language:Spanish, Quechua Genre:Drama Subtitle:English Starring: Juan Arregui ... Juan Pablo,
Elena Vargas ... Ana
, Cristina Morrison ... Aunt Victoria, Peki Andino ... Uncle Jorge, Canela Samaniego ... Maribel,
Manuela Merchán ... La Flaca
, Irwin Ortiz ... Jorgito

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A drama set in turbulent, turn-of-the-millennium Ecuador and centered on a young man who begins to develop complicated feelings for Juano after he saves him from a beating.


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Berlin International Film Festival 2014

Crystal Bear
Generation 14plus - Best Film
Diego Araujo 

Set around the turn on the millennium in Ecuador, in Holiday the country is on the precipice of turmoil as corruption threatens to cause a chain reaction that will implode the banking system. Rich teenager Juampi (Juan Arregui) heads off for a holiday with his extended family, but soon finds the problems engulfing the country arent that far away.

When he sees a group of people taking the law into their own hands and beating a small-time criminal, he ends up escaping with the young man called Juano, who comes from a poor Andean family. Juampi is introduced to a world hes never properly seen before, where small-time criminality is virtually the only way to eke out something more than mere existence, but amidst the poverty is real life. As their friendship develops, Juampi begins to have feelings for Juano, but there may be limits beyond which one of them wont take this stab at first love.

Holiday is a valiant effort thats easy to watch but perhaps not as involving as it might have been. A lot of ideas swirl through the movie, with the story of young love set amidst a much larger situation of a society on the edge of collapse. However, it never really brings all its different ideas together. While it tinkers with how to pull together the societal upheaval, a country where the extremes over poverty and wealth are massively evident, and how that relates to its love story, it never quite figures it out. You can see Juampis journey into Juanos life, and that seeing the class and economic differences has an impact on him, but what that impact might be is never clear.

It slightly feels like youve got all the ingredients for a great film (indeed, Central and South America has produced quite a few good gay-themed movies where romance sparks against the backdrop of societal upheaval), but it never properly mixes them all together. The result isnt a bad film, but it is one that never quite fulfils its potential.