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also known as El cuarto de Leo

Leo's Room 2009

  • 4.0
  • passes the bechdel test
In the heart of Montevideo, the affable but secretly troubled Leo wraps himself in the comfort of his small rented room, unmotivated to finish his college thesis or find a job and content with infrequent visits from his girlfriend. After their six-month relationship ends, Leo begins to break out of his shell by cruising the Internet for a new companion, enlisting the aid of a sympathetic therapist along the way. However, it isn’t until he has a chance reunion with a classmate that he is forced to consider the true meaning of his reclusive lifestyle and a future outside the metaphoric safety of his room. Featuring an affecting soundtrack and an equally endearing cast of characters, director Enrique Buchichio’s affirming drama is a unique vision of isolation and coming-of-age set against a modern tale of romance and friendship.

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Lovely film & - as has been said here by several others, Leo was very appealing. While most young people wrestling with their sexuality don't have quite the conflicting experiences Leo had, many do. And Leo's personal struggle was handled very frank & tasteful. Particularly. the scenes with his therapist were very smartly handled and sent a positive message - to viewers, as well as Leo! While "coming out" has been the subject of many movies and literally thousands of videos on Youtube, etc., "Leo's Room" , told its story uniquely and overall gave us a very watchable experience. While I rated the movie a bit high -

four stars, I did so because of the convincing & lovely way the story evolved. The

acting, direction & artistic aspects were all good form, somewhere between 3 & 4

stars. Check it out if this sounds like your "cup of tea"; you won't be disappointed.

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The movie was excellent with a great set of actors that beautifully communicated the subtleties of the maturation process toward a healthy gender identity. One may quibble with the ending, but that too was well constructed. In the end I felt good about Leo's future as a gay man and the generally positive, and reality grounded, progress the characters made in overcoming life's challenges. As a heterosexual male, it taught me a little more about the power and meaning of love; and the oppressive force of intolerance.

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Lovely film & - as has been said here by several others, Leo was very appealing. While most young people wrestling with their sexuality don't have quite the conflicting experiences Leo had, many do. And Leo's personal struggle was handled very frank & tasteful. Particularly. the scenes with his therapist were very smartly handled and sent a positive message - to viewers, as well as Leo! While "coming out" has been the subject of many movies and literally thousands of videos on Youtube, etc., "Leo's Room" , told its story uniquely and overall gave us a very watchable experience. While I rated the movie a bit high -

four stars, I did so because of the convincing & lovely way the story evolved. The

acting, direction & artistic aspects were all good form, somewhere between 3 & 4

stars. Check it out if this sounds like your "cup of tea"; you won't be disappointed.

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To be honest, I am not sure if Leo is gay, bi or str8! It seems he is gay, although it seems he is going to have a relationship with Cara, if their last phone conversation suggest this. But I wonder if he will finally see the light and try to rekindle a relationship with Serb? In any event he is in a state of flux and afraid of committing to anyone for fear of eventual rejection?

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This was a film expressing the maturation process we all must go through, when it comes to sexuality! The characters were strong and believable! I think it touched everyone when Leo realized his love was real, especially to Cara! The ending kind of let the audience determine which direction or sex Leo had chosen, but most of all, he appeared happy! We all love a Happy Ending!

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Worth a watch if you have nothing else to do. It was believeable, touching at times, but sloooooooow.............

wow this way that way_ i don't think Cara's the one it's too easy_i think Serb is right for awhile_but that seems to be a fearful road to travel_cool film_i know sometimes it's hard to figure out what you want & should go after_Leo hasn't found it yet_but searching is the key

If Uruguay is even half as simpatico as this film, I want to go there!

A compelling, well-done drama. Both writer and director did an outstanding production.

sweet young man

The plot was slow over all. However, Leo was devastatingly touching. The choices life throws at the characters are well chosen, the duality of life in the characters, fear vs. daring (Leo vs. Seba). Loneliness vs. togetherness, guilt vs. acceptance. The movie does not pass judgment just proposes positions, one has to know Montevideo/Uruguay to understand that homosexuality is very taboo in the overwhelming shadow of machismo which is albeit less prevalent than it its neighboring Argentina. Altogether, a sweet movie which could have done with a little more spice in it. The protagonist who played Leo will go far. Congratulations Uruguay on coming out of the shadows.

Well Done

Great acting and atmosphere. The ending was unrealistic though.

loved the movie-till the ending?? Leo suddenly is straight. Kidding or am I missing something?

Excellent coming to awareness story. As a North American this South American perspective shows me a great deal about myself. Directing is very sensitive, the actors are solid and complicated. The emotional pain we humans endure by lying is unbelievable and yet I do it as well. Great film. Music is lovely.

it was ok, another kid trying to find his sexuality. its important to know who you are and not hurt others while you are trying to discover oneself.

Realistic. Sympathetic.

Great movie.

Very well thought out plot. Excellent!

it is avery slow moving movie. I `d like movies with more skin.

Good movie, throughout, except it didn't end; it just barely reached a stopping point.

Cool! :)

Although Leo was a cutie, the movie plot was slow and never took off. I did however enjoy the coming of age discoveries Leo experienced if only they were more clearer for the viewer to stay interested.

cute leo. but this movie was bland like rice cakes and i just kept waiting for the plot. big disappointment

This movie touched me! <3 it!

great movie! endearing characters, moving performances, and a plotline many will relate to, and all will enjoy.

Good

Good story and really well put together. A little tortured perhaps and maybe could have a little better resolution in some regards, but really a good self-discovery chronicle with many parts that ring true. The lead actor was really very good, too, aside from being adorable.

I very much enjoyed this moving movie, We all share some of the situations I iked the caution displayed in Leo sharring his personal feelings.

Exelent...I didnt know it was filmed in Uruguay until I saw tha plate on the car,however I was so invilved in the movie I suspect it, the special Spanish accent from my own country move me the most and the coming out the closet story which was mine too really was so well done. I know people will criticize the s lowliness and the cinematography but the content and how the spirit of the script get into our souls is amazingly beautiful. Thanks to refresh my memories of my youth and my lovely country...

A little slow, but rings true to life, character of Leo well developed, story told obliquely but artistically. Acting throughout outstanding. Excellent production, cinematography, direction

Good characters and development. Enjoyed the naturalness of Leo's growth.

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Cyn

This movie really pulled on my heart strings. If you liked El Dia Que Me Amen, you will probably like this as well. The theme that resonates the most with me is the powerful force of simple kindness, and how its unexpected surfacing can show how desperately we needed it. I like that this is a movie about connecting with other people, and how the right approach is not always evident. The music is also incredible. Overall, a very well done film.

 

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