My Straight Son (Azul y no tan rosa)

color. 114 min. In Spanish w/English subtitles. , Plenilunio Films & Factor RH, dist. by TLA Releasing, www.tlareleasing.com. 2014. DVD ISBN 9781939196309. $24.99. F
Diego is a Venezuelan photographer who is not quite ready to move in with his obstetrician boyfriend. Despite being thoroughly enmeshed in Caracas's gay scene, he is not officially out to his family, including the son he fathered as a teenager who now lives with the boy's mother in Spain. Diego is blindsided when his son arrives on his doorstep unexpectedly, laden with his own insecurities. Then tragedy strikes, and the two are forced to reevaluate the meaning of love and family.
VERDICT The Spanish title of this film, Azul y no tan rosa (literally, Blue and Not So Pink), does a better job of capturing its colorful spirit than the prosaic My Straight Son. Although some elements of the plot are a bit contrived, the film is well executed, intelligent, and sweet. Fans of the Pedro Almodóvar school of filmmaking will appreciate its quirky, life-affirming, and visually arresting qualities.

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