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directed by Omar Flores Sarabia
Mexico 2013

 

With his parents off to the beach, shy Pablo (Joe Diazzi) decides to finally meet his online girlfriend face-to-face to consumate their relationship; however, he makes the acquaintance of excitable Marco (Carlos Luque) who talks him into dining and dashing and then a road trip to Real de Catorce in search of peyote. Marco continually proves to be exasperating traveling companion, causing Pablo to repeatedly question coming along on the trip; but, as Marco's mood changes and he starts revealing (or unraveling) more about himself and his reasons for the trip, Pablo also learns some things (or has them badgered out of him by Marco) about himself. Although marketed as gay cinema - certainly by DVD distributor Breaking Glass Pictures releasing it under their "QC Cinema" sub-label - PEYOTE isn't necessarily a film about sexual identities. What Pablo and Marco share is intimate and apparently physical, and they do come to love one another in a fashion; but it remains ambiguous as to whether either is changed by the act (more exploratory than experimentation) apart from a broadened sense of self.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 26 November 2013 (USA)

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DVD Review: QC Cinema / Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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QC Cinema / Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:11:12
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.2 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: QC Cinema / Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• The Making of 'Peyote' (16:9; 5:59)
• Short film 'El Autor' (16:9; 13:57)
• Photo Gallery
• Trailer (16:9; 2:11)
• Trailers for 'Longing Nights', 'Out in the Dark', 'The Falls: Testament of Love', and 'Undressing Is

DVD Release Date: 26 November 2013
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Breaking Glass' barely dual-layer disc features a progressive, anamorphic transfer of this HD-lensed film. Some of the softness can be attributed to the SD encoding, but several exterior shots have combined blown-out highlights and a glow around the actors that looks like a digital filter (or a combination of them) for an intended look. No complaints about the Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track (the sound mix is really sedate with little in the way of atmosphere). The burnt-in English subtitles appear error-free.

Extras include a short behind-the-scenes featurette with brief sound-byte interviews, rehearsals (in which the actors are just as in-character as they are in the finished film), and outtakes. The featurette also reveals that Pablo's camcorder is high definition, so the camera footage seen in the film must be non-anamorphic letterbox for stylistic reasons. Also included is a short film by the director, a photo gallery, trailer, and trailers for other recent titles.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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