Joven y alocada (Young & Wild, 2012)
Young & Wild is a racy film about an outspoken 17-year-old Chilean girl and her blog. This movie had quite a bit of ‚buzz‚? during Sundance due to its sexual content.
In terms of the movie, the protagonist writes about her sexual desires and escapades, going into detail on the conflict she experiences between her love for a man and a woman. Yes, the issue here is ‚love‚? which is explicitly stated in the movie, but it was interesting how people only picked up on the sexual parts of her experience (of which, granted, there were many). The film also reflects on the Christian evangelical side of her family life that directly conflicts with her love and sex life, especially as it is manifested in her conflicting relationship with her overbearing mother. She has a difficult, at times violent, relationship with her mom and a great relationship with her aunt who has cancer, which adds to her inner conflict as she reflects on the injustices of life.
This story was graphic and some people have seen it as porno-graphic but the movie seemed honest and more importantly, unapologetic. The girl‚(TM)s journey was obviously difficult but I found that there was a redeeming quality in her willingness to share this story with the rest of the world. Heck, the girl who served as inspiration for the movie was brave enough to answer questions after the screening along with the lead actor and director. For me, this movie was less gratuitous and more expressive, less sexual and more sentimental. There is something there beyond the (many) body parts shown on screen.
I should also say, the subtitles were fantastic, faithfully capturing the essence of Chilean wit and humor (as much as this is possible across cultural and language barriers).