Los Reyes movie poster

Football and Chola live the dream of a dog’s life at the Los Reyes skate park in Santiago, Chile: laying and lolling about, panting and playing and occasionally getting a little attention from the park’s human visitors. No matted mange or scrap-scrounging for these two; just chewing and chasing and keeping watch. while the dogs are the stars of Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff single-set drama, it’s the visiting humans who drive the narrative, largely through off-camera conversations, their subtitled chatter superimposed over images of the dogs. Funnily enough, one of those visitors refers to the world of daily work and steady paychecks as “a dog’s life,” when nothing could be further from the truth. That stuff is thoroughly human, however beastly it seems to the people in question: mostly young men — or rather, boys dreaming they are young men. They make plans for their brilliant futures in the cannabis industry even as their mother’s boyfriends punish them for sleeping in, as their grandmothers call them nasty names, as their mothers try to get them to go into rehab. They go into business with the world, only to have the world give them the business: mean cops, crooked customers, etc. They posture and threaten, boast and whine, and while away their youth atop their boards. It’s a clever portrait of masculine drift, approached in sly and sidelong fashion: as background to the peaceful days of two happy mammals who never give thought to the approaching and encircling flies. 2019.

Matthew Lickona

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