Clandestinos
Spain, 2008, 81 minutes, SD
You don't have to be straight to be a terrorist
Clandestinos Synopsis

Rebellious wild child Xabi is proof personified that you don't have to be straight to be a terrorist. The rebellious young man has been in and out of reform schools and prisons since he was a child. While out on the streets, he meets and falls in love with hot-headed militant Iñaki (Luis Hostalot), a middle-aged Basque separatist who teaches him the ways of his revolution. Along with his two friends, Mexican Joel and Moroccan immigrant Driss, Xabi dramatically escapes from prison and hitches a ride to Madrid. On the hunt for his revolutionary lover, Xabi picks up a trick at a mall, steals his gun, breaks into an empty apartment and sets up a small bomb factory, all so that he can impress Iñaki. However, Joel and Driss unwittingly scupper his plans...




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Reviewed by jeteli
My friends and I watched this film and they remarked that the plot was unconvincing. For me though I liked the by-line which says "you don't have to be straight... more
My friends and I watched this film and they remarked that the plot was unconvincing. For me though I liked the by-line which says "you don't have to be straight to be a terrorist". I don't condone terrorism in any way but I'd have to say this film made a quite queer twist to issues like terrorism and gave it an added flavor of gay May-December-affair-style romance. Rodriguez as Xabi was rebellious and has a warrior streak but deep inside longing for love and affection, hence the quest to be reunited with the much older Inaki.  Surprisingly though,  Xabi eventually falls for another elder man,  German, portrayed by TV, stage and film actor Juan Luis Gallardo, with the latter playing German with finesse and conviction.  Nonetheless, this film has comic undertones and also tackles friendship between three young men.  Do give this a watch! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
What I noticed right away was the cute-faced young men especially Israel Rodriguez who plays Xabi in this film.  He has great potential as an actor and starred in a... more
What I noticed right away was the cute-faced young men especially Israel Rodriguez who plays Xabi in this film.  He has great potential as an actor and starred in a short film before entitled Doors Cut Down, by the same director Antonio Hens. A film that tackles terrorism and gay romance, this is  considerably one of the rare plots I've encountered lately.  I'd have to say, this is an exploratory topic that shows great potential. I wonder what Hollywood has to say about this!  Worth checking out! 
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