José

2020

José

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José takes a sensitive yet clear-eyed look at a young man exploring his sexuality in a fraught cultural environment.

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Jose (19 years old) lives with his Mother (50s) in Guatemala City - a typical lower-class existence in one of the world's most dangerous, religious, impoverished and socially conservative countries. She never had a husband, and Jose is her youngest and favorite child of five. Her life is her church and selling sandwiches at a bus stop. Jose spends his days on cramped buses and fighting traffic as he runs food to waiting drivers. Aloof and resigned to things as they are, he fills his free moments playing with his phone and random sex arranged on street corners and dating apps. When he meets Luis, a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, they pursue an unexpected and forbidden relationship and Jose is thrust into passion and pain and self-reflection that was previously unimaginable.

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (3)

  • "José" brings to light the promise of a director as compassionate as he is observant.

    February 18, 2020 | Full Review…

    Lisa Kennedy

    Variety
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  • It's an evocative movie... The big problem I have is that José as a character is a bit of a blank.

    February 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The satisfactions of "José" as a whole offers are considerable, and they begin with the human element.

    February 7, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "José" is hardly the first movie to spotlight a young person navigating their homosexuality... Nonetheless... this sophomore feature.. feels like a singular and essential entry in that subset of LGBTQ coming-of-age films with an international beat.

    February 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The film delicately depicts the hardship of being gay in a Catholic culture and the pressure for machismo in a crime-ridden country.

    January 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • As opposed to numerous gay-themed features from Latin America, the consequences for his characters are not violent. That's not because hatred has subsided, but because the pair has learned to suppress in order to survive.

    January 29, 2020 | Full Review…

    Carlos Aguilar

    TheWrap
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