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Reviews: Film and Book reviews

Mon 8 Feb, 2010
By Robert Ingham


The stand-out performance here is the neurotic female inspector, Mila, who is covering the case with her son.

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What do you do when a psychopathic killer is murdering old ladies in the area you live? You move your outspoken, chain-smoking, slightly deranged mother in.

Boystown is a very funny black comedy set in Chueca, the most popular gay centre of Madrid. It focuses on Rey and Leo, a couple of broke bears who argue, have sex, mess around but are completely loved-up.

Their problems come in the form of handsome real estate agent Victor, whose vision is to turn the once run down area into a thriving, sassy and, above all, safe part of town. Unfortunately he has a habit of bumping off the local elderly residents when they refuse to sell their flats to him, which he wants to renovate and re-sell to affluent gay couples. One of these ladies is Rosa, who lives above Rey and Leo. When she leaves the flat to Leo in her will he decides, instead of selling it to Victor, to move his mother Lola in who vehemently dislikes her son’s choice in life-partner and makes it known as often as possible. However, suspicion from the police on the couple grows as the body-count mounts and it is up to the investigating team to try and solve the case before Lola is the next victim.


There are some lovely moments in this film, and many people will empathise with Rey whose mother-in-law can only be classed as from hell. Her acerbic tongue and desire to do anything she can to ruin the relationship make her hated and endeared in equal measures. There are knowing nods to various films here – Victor is the Spanish equivalent Patrick Bateman and there is a rather delicious reference to Polanski’s Repulsion, set in a sauna.


The stand-out performance here is the neurotic female inspector, Mila, who is covering the case with her son. She has a phobia about practically everything – from bugs to smells, from crowds to confined spaces – but it is her “been there done that” look and intuition that makes her a formidable character, and as the film progresses it becomes obvious that the mothers hold all the cards here, with every male character being crippled by them either physically, mentally or emotionally.


Once you get used to the subtitles and forgive the writers for overusing the word “fag”, you can settle in for a thoroughly enjoyable romp around Chueca, which even involves an exploding cat. Sit back, relax and let the eye-candy and vitriolic wit take you for a wicked 90 minute joyride.
Boystown is a film from TLA Releasing.

 

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