Los Reyes

(Chile/2018—directed by Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff) 

In Santiago, homeless dogs Futbol and Chola are not really homeless at all. Scrappy and irresistible, they live in Los Reyes, the city’s oldest skateboard park, kept company by dozens of teenage boys in constant motion. The older dog obsessively drags treasures with him: a deflated football, an empty bottle. His female companion, the younger, more vigorous Chola, romps alongside.

The voices of the skaters, set against the city’s noise, form a soundscape as the kids brag, complain and joke in the unfiltered, raunchy language of adolescents in transit to adulthood. A small gem, this eloquent documentary about the mysteries and joys of friendship tells its story as well as any great work of fiction. In Spanish with English subtitles (78 min.) 

“Extraordinary, mesmerizing and wonderful. I said I wouldn’t, but now I think I’m tearing up.” –Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment 

 

 

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