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Acné
(2007)

Country: Uruguay

Genre: Comedy, Drama

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Synopsis

At the age of 13, Rafael Bregman has already lost his virginity, but has never kissed a girl. With his pimple-riddled face, his dysfunctional family, and a lowered self-esteem, getting this much anticipated first kiss proves trickier than expected. It's now time for Rafa to build up some self confidence and attract the attention of his class mate, Nicole...

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Cast

  • Alejandro Tocar
    (Rafa Bregman)
  • Yoel Bercovici
    (Rony)
  • Igal Label
    (Andy)
  • Gustavo Melnik
  • Belén Pouchan

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The synopsis on this profile is taken directly from the press kit. It's fairly accurate, but I have some issues with it. The family doesn't seem that dysfunctional to me. His parents are getting divorced, but you never see them fight and everyone seems to be taking it rather well. Most of the supporting characters remain cardboard, underdeveloped sketches and this is particularly true of the family.

I find it very suspicious and strange that the press kit never once mentions a very key aspect of this film, which is that Rafael is Jewish, goes to an all-Jewish school. He dances with the girl he likes at his bar mitzvah, though she tells him later "it doesn't count." His best friend goes on a trip to Israel and ends up not coming back. The school shows them holocaust films.

I don't get it. So much of the story turns around the fact that he is Jewish, and yet the press kit never mentions it once. It's like they tried to hide it because they thought it would turn people off. Is the filmmaker embarrassed to have that be part of the subject matter? Or is it to avoid controversy because you see young Rafael having sex with prostitutes (in a fairly explicit scene, for one involving a minor), smoking, gambling, and his father involving in similar behaviour on top of getting a divorce?

I have no idea, but it strikes me as rather dishonest. I thought the fact that the characters were Jewish could have added an interesting dimension to the film, especially because I've never seen or heard or read anything about the Jewish community in Uruguay, where the film takes place. In fact, I think this is the first Spanish-language film I ever see about Jewish characters. But I was kind of confused about the director's intentions, and in a lot of ways it felt like the film didn't really have much to say about any of this. Though we are constantly reminded of the characters' Jewish heritage, this doesn't seem to have any kind of impact on the story. And the fact that this whole aspect of the film can be ignored in the press kit seems to support that.

At the end of the day, this is a fairly average coming-of-age story. There are a few nice moments, but it often feels like everyone is just sleepwalking through this movie. There's no real passion in it, either from the actors or from the director. Rather disappointing.

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