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Written by Duane Simolke   
Jul 28, 2014 at 08:39 PM

Director Antonio Hens received acclaim for his 2007 film Clandestinos. This new film teams him with co-writer Abel González Melo on the story of two handsome men whose Havana life offers little hope for their passionate and sometimes volatile love affair.

Close friends Reinier (Reinier Diaz) and Yosvani (Milton Garcia) live in the heat of Havana, often content just to afford the basic necessities. They enjoy soccer, the beach, and night life. Their lives start to change when they unexpectedly kiss.

Neither man identifies as gay, and both make a point of denying any homosexual leanings, even while embracing each other. However, Reinier works as a male prostitute. He finds comfort in the arms of men and obviously wants an ongoing gay relationship. Reineir has a child with his wife, but his mother-in-law encourages his prostitution, as a way to support the family. Yosvani is engaged, and his future father-in-law (Luis Alberto Garcia) pulls him into the black market.



Soccer provides an escape and becomes increasingly important to Reinier, but the rest of his life collides with his ambitions. The growing connection between the two young men lacks any support from their environment or their situations. Though the film might sound bleak, a strong script and an equally strong cast make it appealing. It also includes some light moments and some surprisingly tender ones.

The Last Match is in Spanish, with English subtitles. Canteen Outlaws and TLA Releasing distributed it.

Duane Simolke
wrote Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure, Fat Diary, and The Acorn Stories.


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