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Clandestinos [DVD]

Israel Rodriguez , Pepa Aniorte , Antonio Hens    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Israel Rodriguez, Pepa Aniorte, Mehroz Arif, Hugo Catalan, Inma Cuevas
  • Directors: Antonio Hens
  • Producers: Juan Luis Galiardo, Antonio Hens, Jose Miguel Lopez, Gabriel Olivares, Chris Silva
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038AL7BU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,251 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Rebellious wild child Xabi is proof personified that you don't have to be straight to be a terrorist. The brawny rebel has been in and out of reform schools and prisons since he was a child. While out on the streets, he meets and falls in love with hot-headed militant Iñaki, a Basque separatist who teaches him the ways of the revolution. Along with his two friends, Mexican Joel and Moroccan immigrant Driss, Xabi dramatically escapes from prison and hitches a ride to Madrid. On the hunt for his revolutionary lover, Xabi goes cruising at a mall, steals weapons, breaks into an empty apartment and sets up a small bomb factory, all so that he can impress his gun-toting lover. However, as the bullets start to fly, Joel and Driss make a daring attempt to scupper the terrorist plot.

Highly original and a hit in its native Spain, Clandestinos blends controversial themes of gang culture, guerrilla subterfuge and outrageous bed-hopping antics to gripping effect.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incidentally Gay 8 Jun 2010
Clandestinos will be of interest to anyone who is curious about the motivation of those who choose to protest by blowing up buildings or even people. It is well acted by a predominantly young cast. The leading character is, perhaps, more intent on pleasing his (former?) and older gay lover than in espousing a political cause but I realise that some viewers might dispute this analysis.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, and well acted 31 Aug 2010
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"Clandestinos" was a pleasant surprise. Well acted, and with a rather interesting premise. Ultimately this is not a 'gay' movie, although the central theme revolves around such. In my opinion (and I am sure there will be many that disagree) this movie is more about the consequences of a failed youth, where the absence of any parental figure can cause a unfulfilled man (Xabi) to seek such fulfilment (dare I say affection) in all the wrong places.

Indeed he finds that affection in a much older man, and as a consequence of his need to belong, he allows himself to be manipulated by that older man's political agenda. His words to Iñaki in fact are far more revealing when considered in retrospect, in that he says 'good thing politics mean nothing to me'. Ultimately he wants to be loved, and needs to find himself part of someone else. His sense of loneliness is exasperated by his situation, in that he is merely a number in a maximum security reform school (for young men). There is exists as all the others, sleeping, bathing and exercising by routine. Nonetheless, he tries to find some sense of self in his football and friends, and when he escapes with them, one is taken aback by the violence used.

Outside he disappears into the sublime normality of the world, where countless numbers exists and yet so many remain unknown and lonely. He tries to reconnect with Iñaki, and when ignored tries to make a bold public statement he will appreciate. Casual reference is made to the Basque separatist movement in the movie, although in my opinion this is merely used as a means to an end, and is thus not pivotal to its understanding.

The main actor Israel Rodríguez is someone to watch, as his intense portrayal showed great promise. In the end, I was very surprised at the candour of the story, and I have so many questions as a result.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Made-for-tv movie... 22 April 2009
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
Three young males (apparently all under 18, though easily in their 20s) escape from a detention centre and make their way to Madrid. The sultry 'leader' of the three, Xabi, is looked up to by the others for his links with the Basque separatist movement. Xabi is in Madrid to look for Iñaki, an older male (and former lover), a member of an ETA commando, who first introduced Xabi to the political cause. Unfortunately, Iñaki regards Xabi as little more than a transitory 'good time', whereas the latter believes that he is loved, and dedicates himself to political struggle. When Iñaki fails to respond to Xabi's calls, Xabi wants to avoid loosing face with his fellow escapees, and plots a explosion that will regain Iñaki's attention...

"Clandestinos" (Spanish, English subtitles) requires massive suspension of disbelief on the part of the viewer...the ease with which the three companions escape the detention centre, openly stroll around the city of Madrid without disguises or changing clothes; the cartoon-esque fumblings of the 'terrorists'; to name but a few inauthenticities. And yet, it is nevertheless fairly enjoyable entertainment. Israel Rodríguez, as the handsome and sensual Xabi, is hard not to empathise with, and the naivety he demonstrates is touching.

If you can ignore the minimization (and simplistic caricature) of genuine Basque grievances, "Clandestinos" is comfortable, uncomplicated entertainment, with a fair helping of male eye-candy and a made-for-television / after-school-special feel.
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