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Don't Tell Anyone (1998)

Cast: Santiago Magill, Santiago Magill, Lucia Jimenez, more...
Director: Francisco Josť Lombardi, Francisco Josť Lombardi
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Studio: Picture This
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Spain, Gay & Lesbian, Latin America, Features
Running Time: 109 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English

This title is currently out of print.

Peruvian director Francisco J. Lomvbardi made this Spanish-Peruvian drama adapted from Jaime Bayly's novel about life in Lima as seen by an upper-class homosexual youth. Sensitive Joaquin, caught between his overprotective, religious mother (Carmen Elias) and his macho father (Hernan Romero), leaves home to study law. A romance ripens between Joaquin and college student Alejandra (Lucia Jimenez). Her friend Rocio (Lita Baluarte) is scheduled to marry secretly gay Gonzalo (Christian Meier). Joaquin begins a series of trysts with Gonzalo, eventually leaving Alejandra, dropping out of law school, and turning to drugs and sex with wealthy Alfonso (Giovanni Ciccia) before departing for Miami. Shown at the 1998 San Sebastian Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Tip-Top Gay Pot-Boiler by talltale January 14, 2007 - 9:46 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Not only was this unusual movie the first film I had seen from Peru, it remains among the best gay-themed movies I have ever seen. DON'T TELL ANYONE gives the Latin American culture of "macho posturing" (with the accent on posturing) a swift and much-deserved kick in the nuts. It does this via the story of one confused young man who flirts w/heterosexuality but keeps coming back to men.

The writing, direction and performances are all surprisingly vivid and honest, with little sugarcoating. While the lead character is not particularly "nice," he is definitely believable. The "growth" he makes during the course of the film is both personal and political/cultural. Many gays will not agree with the outcome here. Is the lead character "having his cake and eating it, too" or simply doing what he must to have a life that's acceptable to him, his family and his culture? The strongest irony (some might call it sacrilege) of this extraordinary movie is that the closet not only seems necessary and appropriate, but is perhaps the only intelligent choice available.

The middle-to-upper class lives led in DON'T TELL ANYONE are not far afield from those in many western "democracies." Only the treatment of Peru's Indian population by its "whites" will come as a shock to non-Peruvian viewers. Since I have not lived in Peru, I cannot attest to the veracity of what it shown, but I suspect that, while it may be exaggerated, it is not without truth.

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