Ever since I did the Genetics of Harry Potter, I’ve been a little stale. No more, I say! I am calling for everyone to send me their questions about worlds. Whether it be Harry Potter, Narnia, Mistborn, Lord of the Rings, Merlin, Game of Thrones, Disney, Dreamworks, Marvel, DC, Discworld, the Laundry Files, the Dresden Files, or anything else I’m familiar with (and I’m familiar with a lot) if you want to know, I probably will as well. It doesn’t matter if the question is about physics or neuroscience, paleontology or endochrynology, biochemistry or biohazardous materials disposal, genetics or geology, if I think it’s an interesting question, I’ll scour the interwebs and libraries, seek expert opinion and work through as many papers as I have to until I have an answer.
So, come on! I dare you! Here, I’ll make it even easier for you:
You could be forgiven by thinking that of course it’s a gorgeous film, it’s set in Venezuela.
But this movie actually doesn’t have nearly anything to do with the gorgeous sights that Venezuela has to offer. It’s not about a cross-country roadtrip full of beauty and amazing sights, though there is a roadtrip at one point. This movie is just… heavy, in many ways, and also astonishingly complicated when you think about how to pitch it. The best I can come up with is a family dramedy about a father and son set inside a political drama about gay rights, with a police procedural sprinkled on top and a side of identity crises. It changes subject matter and manages to trick you into having an easy time keeping up with it, going from one character’s story to another in a way that makes it clear just how connected (and yet disconnected) everyone is. This movie is about homophobia, love, understanding, parenthood, self-esteem, violence, tango, politics, dresses, abuse, crappy television and a badass transgendered woman who kicks butt.