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Acné. 2008. Uruguay/Argentina/Spain/Mexico/USA. Written and directed by Federico Veiroj. In Spanish, Hebrew; English subtitles. 97 min.
Who but a doting mother could love Rafi, an awkward, pimply Jewish teen from upper-middle-class Montevideo? While Rafi’s closest friends desperately crave a chance at any sort of venial sin—smoking, drinking, gambling, a good first lay—the proscribed rituals of movie adolescence do little to satisfy Rafi’s longing for a real kiss. Therein lies the bittersweet comedy of Federico Veiroj’s debut film, and the light touch and emotional depth he would bring to later award-winning films like A Useful Life, Belmonte, The Apostate, and The Moneychanger.
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