When confident, sophisticated Pablo (Juan Pablo Olyslager) announces that he intends to leave his wife and children to be with Francisco (Mauricio Armas), the man he has been secretly in love with for years, the revelation rips his affluent evangelical family in conservative Guatemala apart. Soon his parents, wife, employer, pastor, and, it seems, his whole world form a powerful coalition bent on reforming, “converting,” or destroying the errant man. Convinced of his right to define himself both as a man and a father, Pablo escapes to the tender embrace of down-to-earth Francisco and their city’s gay bubble—but their refuge may not withstand the storm.
Jayro Bustamante‘s extraordinary follow-up to his award-winning debut Ixcanul, Temblores (Tremors) is both one man’s wrenching story and also a dramatic commentary on the impact that religious and social prejudice can still wreak on queer lives. The moody, powerful sound design and atmospheric cinematography combine beautifully to create a chilling portrait, anchored by Olyslager’s harrowed, riveting central performance.
— ELLIOTT BREEDEN
- Language: In Spanish with English subtitles. ASL Interpreter present.
- Premiere Status: Bay Area