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My Last Round

Mi Último Round

Details: , | 2011 | 87 min
SynopsisHugo-Octavio--My-Last-Round--Mi-Ultimo-RoundLast year’s sleeper hit, Undertow, showed what gay South American cinema was capable of, and here’s another example of the same paired down, cool, spare style. My Last Round tells the story of small town odd-jobber Hugo, who can’t hold down a job and battles with a gnawing sense of meaninglessness. He crosses paths with Octavio, a professional boxer on the local circuit, battling his own (physical) demons. The two begin a slow two-step towards intimacy that is part Raging Bull, part Streetcar Named Desire which ultimately demands greater commitment and a move to Santiago, after Octavio is diagnosed with a potentially lethal brain condition. Enveloped in the hub-hub of the big city and bereft of their comforting surroundings, the two men respond in different ways, leading to a dénouement that’s as compelling as it is inevitable.

Arriagada’s film is grown up and unapologetically noir – both leads are ordinary men, flawed, complex and contradictory, and his script is pared down and simple. The voyeuristic Verité fly-on-the-wall aspect to his handheld cinematography adds tension, steel and a refreshing sense of originality, as does his refusal to tow any kind of politically correct line. A film for the discerning moviegoer, and an intriguing insight into contemporary working class Chilean life.

Courtesy of the Argentine Embassy
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Awards

Barcelona GLBT IFF 2011 – Diversity Award for the Best Film

LesGaiCineMad IFF 2011 – Best Actors (Roberto Farías, Héctor Morales)

Queer Lisboa FF 2011 – Best Actor (Roberto Farias)

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Cast
  • Alejandro Trejo
  • Ariel Mateluna
  • Armando Navarrete
  • Cristian Farias
  • Gonzalo Robles
  • Héctor Morales
  • Luis Dubó
  • Manuela Martelli
  • Ramón Llao
  • Roberto Farías
  • Tamara Acosta
  • Victor Rojas
  • Yamila Reyna