An intriguing exploration of gender identity through the sensitive portrayal of a friendship between two youngsters. Jorgelina is curious about adulthood whilst Mario harbours an adolescent secret.
Summer marks a turning point for the two young protagonists as they begin the transition into adolescence. Jorgelina is a curious girl, abandoned by her teenage sister, and begins a journey with her Father and their ‘La Boyita’ caravan to the family’s countryside estate. There she reunites with her old playmate Mario, a proud but withdrawn boy who works on the ranch. One day, returning from a horse ride, she discovers a bloodstain on Mario’s saddle and another one on his trousers. Jorgelina tries to understand, but Mario, ashamed and insecure, has no clue of why he is not like the other boys. This revelation, instead of separating them, brings the two friends even closer together...
The Last Summer of La Boyita explores the performative nature of sexuality through Jorgelina’s curiosity about the opposite sex whilst tenderly portraying the biological condition of Mario as a gender variant boy. The young leads deliver captivating performances, with Guadalupe Alonso as the rambunctious Jorgelina and non-actor Nicholás Triese who had never been to the cinema at the time of making the film, but who brings tremendous sensitivity to the role of Mario. It is these performances, genuine and un-forced which raisesthe film’s game above that of your average coming-of-age drama.
Co-produced by Pedro Almodovar’s company El Deseo, the film marks the second feature film for Argentinean writer-director-producer Julia Solomonoff, who herself has a background as an actress.
Born in Buenos Aires, Julia Solomonoff is an Argentine film actor, producer, film and television director, and screenplay writer. Solomonoff had directed a number of short films before getting the job of first assistant director on Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries, featuring Gael Garcia Bernal in 2004. Her first documentary opened at Sundance, and her first feature, Hermanas (Sisters) won prizes at the Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards. She studied in the US where she now lives.
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