THE APOSTATE (El apóstata)! All about a gifted young man, Gonzalo, who wants to go his own odd way but is blocked at every turn by family, educators and most especially religion. An "apostate" is one who leaves his former beliefs behind -- in this case, his belief in The Catholic Church. But in Uruguay, evidently (and probably elsewhere in Latin America), this is not at all an easy task.
Federico Veiroj (shown at left, and who a few years back gave us another marvelous little gem called A Useful Life), the movie thrusts upon the screen a remarkable debut by a new leading man named Álvaro Ogalla, who makes a stunning impression by simply being quiet, retiring, and super sexy as he eases himself into the lives (and sometimes the apertures) of various characters around him. Señor Ogalla, shown above, below and further below (who was also a co-writer of the film), has a slightly goofy, often-sleepy-looking-but-handsome face, and a body built for action that he is happy to place on display, occasionally full-frontal, for us to relish.
Bárbara Lennie, recently seen in Magical Girl), and our hero's own mother, played by Vicky Peña (shown below).
Juan Calot, below). Even the young altar boy (shown at bottom), who has taken a vow of silence, seems a little "off" somehow.
Breaking Glass Pictures, The Apostate -- in Spanish with English subtitles and running a mere 80 minutes -- will open in New York City at Anthology Film Archives this Friday, September 9, followed by opening in Los Angeles (at Laemmle's Music Hall on September 30), Chicago, Miami and other cities, with a DVD/VOD release to come on Tuesday, October 25.