Having drawn comparisons to Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Wrestler’ and Ang Lee’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’, Julio Jorquera’s sensitive study of love bravely challenges perceptions of masculinity and sexuality in competitive sport, with electrifying results.
Unfazed by the attention he receives from women, Hugo searches for something meaningful to break up the monotony of his life. The young man becomes captivated with Octavio, a middle-aged local boxing champion, who must maintain a hard and gruff image for his fans and fellow fighters. When Octavio furtively acts on the subtle flirtations Hugo throws at him, he is abruptly rejected. Hugo tries to curtail his desire, but eventually surrenders to their magnetic attraction. They enter into an intense romance that would never be accepted in their small town in southern Chile. The couple moves to capital city Santiago with energized dreams of building their life together and protecting their love from a hostile world. But when Hugo confuses his feelings for a naïve colleague at his new workplace, nothing turns out as planned.
“A handsome cast and evocative cinematography offer a sexy, subtle film that evokes hits like ‘The Wrestler’ and ‘Brokeback Mountain’” - The New York Times