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(aka "Besos de Azúcar" )

 

directed by Carlos Cuarón
Mexico 2013

 

Contrasting gritty urban drama with moments of sweetness and laugh-out-loud comedy, SUGAR KISSES - from Carlos Cuarón, brother of Alfonso Cuarón (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN) - is a Romeo and Juliet-esque story of adolescent first love in an unforgiving environment. Growing up in a crime-ridden suburb run by the ruthless Ms. Lety (Veronica Falcón, DAYS OF GRACE) - aka "Diabla" - and her precious son Brayan (Kristyan Ferrer, THE EMPTY HOURS), young Nacho (César Kancino) is picked on by his grifting traffic cop mother Licha (Paloma Arredondo, CHILANGO CHRONICLES), her boyfriend Joao (Enrique Arreola, DUCK SEASON) who sells bootleg DVDs and homemade porn in a market stall, his Yellow Belt kid sister, bratty kid brother, and haranguing grandmother. The only light in his life is Catholic schoolgirl Mayra (Daniela Arce). When they discover that Nacho has a crush, his family mock him but also offer some well-intentioned too adult advice, until they discover the identity of his crush is the daughter of Ms. Lety. When Nacho swipes a video camera dropped by the police during the raid of a neighboring family (ordered by Diabla), he thinks to use it to record a video for YouTube in which he can impress Mayra with his dancing skills but Joao confiscates the camera for himself. When Nacho steals it back, he is locked in the apartment by Joao and his mother and prevented from seeing Mayra. With the help of bootlegger Cacayo (Héctor Jiménez, NACHO LIBRE) as go-between, Nacho manages to meet with Mayra in secret. The home situations of both youths is become intolerable as Mayra tries to fend off the brutal advances of her half-brother and the discovery of Nacho's innocent relationship with Mayra causes Ms. Lety to seize Joao's stall. Nacho and Mayra plan to run away, but they may not survive the ordeal of just getting out of the neighborhood.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 25 October 2013 (Mexico)

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DVD Review: Outsider Pictures/Strand Releasing - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Outsider Pictures/Strand Releasing

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:25:39
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.46 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.

Bitrate

Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Outsider Pictures/Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Behind the Scenes (16:9; 17:03)
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:00)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

 

 

Comments

Strand's sister label Outsider Pictures gives the progressive, anamorphic widescreen transfer a typically high bitrate encode and a problem-free Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The optional English subtitles are free of glaring errors. Most welcome is the making-of featurette in which the cast (including the ones embodying the most rotten characters) warmly reflect on their own experiences with first love, shooting on location (including more redressing of the sets and locations than one would think), interacting with the locals, and working with the younger cast members (actress Arredondo also served as acting coach to the children). The disc also includes a theatrical trailer for the film and previews for other titles.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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