Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Last Summer Of La Boyita (El último verano de la Boyita)

Trying to find something fun to do for the summer, Jorgelina (Guadalupe Alonso) is thinking about joining her father, Eduardo (Gabo Correa), on a farm. Although she is very close to her sister, Luciana (María Clara Merendino), things have not been the same between them lately. Luciana has just entered puberty – she is going through some drastic changes and, not surprisingly, is also seeking to become more independent. She is not interested in „childish” activities anymore, she has new girlfriends and she spends her time trying to get the attention of different boys. This has made Jorgelina feel left out and misunderstood. Since she no longer has her older sister to play with, the young girl decides it is time to try something new.

After agreeing to take up her father’s offer, the two travel in a Boyita camp-van to the man’s farm. Once at the countryside, Jorgelina meets Mario (Nicolás Treise), a young jockey who piques her interest. The girl soon learns that her newfound friend is not actually a boy. Mario was born with female sex organs, which were mistaken for a penis at birth, leading to her being named and regarded as a male child. As time passes by, Mario begins menstruating and also develops breasts. But instead of receiving support, she is marginalized and abused even by her own father who cannot seem to comprehend the implications of her medical condition.

The Last Summer Of La Boyita

Critics

“The ambiguity of gender is a subject that rarely gets treated well on film.”
   Big Gay Picture Show

The Last Summer of La Boyita is lavishly shot and beautifully acted.”
Cinevue

“A beautiful, honest and poignant statement about inter-sexuality, The Last Summer of La Boyita cleverly uses the summer as a metaphor for the shedding of layers.”
Smells Like Screen Spirit

Did You Know?

The Last Summer Of La Boyita is not a low-budget film by accident. The movie’s director wanted to keep both the equipment and the crew to a minimum in order to create a more “intimate and spontaneous” atmosphere. Julia Solomonoff also states that she made the decision to use a rural setting – but not for the reason one might expect. The director was interested in underlining the fact that the brutality of country life is only seemingly absent in the city, claiming that “urban violence is aseptic, but also deeper and harder to undo”. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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