Nico and Dani



The search for sexual identity in one's teenage years is a familiar theme in movies. Nico and Dani is no different, except this time, everything is in Spanish. Where does one draw the line between orientation and exploration? The two main characters, Nico and Dani (duh) have very different ideas. Nico (Jordi Vilches) comes to spend the summer with Dani (Fernando Ramallo), his childhood friend. The two are now teenagers, caught amidst the throes of raging hormones. For Nico, the summer is the chance to finally have sex with a woman. Dani's interests lie more with his friend Nico.

Dani's parents are away, which leaves the two free to do nearly anything they want. At night, the two experiment with each other. During the day, Dani wants to hunt and fish. Nico wants to get to know Elena (Marieta Orozco, Barrio) better. Elena and her cousin Berta (Esther Nubiola) set their sights on the two friends. Dani is willing to play along, but only for so long. He becomes jealous that Nico wants to spend time with Elena, and jealous that Nico is losing interest in him. The two are growing up, and growing apart. At times the two are also surprisingly dense, but then again, much of what is on their minds is sex. In this aspect, they are typical teenagers. Dani will not let on his feelings about Nico, so the two talk about the best way to attract women. Nico tries to put the charms on Elena, while Dani tries all he can to impress Nico.

DirectorCesc Gay (Hotel Room) and Tomas Aragay adapted Nico and Dani from the play Krampack by Jordi Sanchez. The story offers nothing new or profound in Dani's search for identify. It is sometimes exasperating because Gay does not Nico deal with it at all. He just brushes off Dani's advances, and for a long time it is not clear whether it is because he is bored or disgusted. Dani also remains something of a mystery. Many things are going on inside his head, and it would be nice to get a glimpse of some of them. Except for a third act that feels arbitrarily tacked on, this does not happen.

Mongoose Rates It: Okay.
1 hour, 30 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles, Not Rated but contains nudity, sexuality, mature themes, and language, an easily a hard R.

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