Nico & Dani by Cesc Gay |Cesc Gay, Fernando Ramallo, Jordi Vilches, Marieta Orozco | 717119828141 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Nico & Dani

Nico & Dani

Director: Cesc Gay

Cast: Cesc Gay, Fernando Ramallo, Jordi Vilches, Marieta Orozco

     
 

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In this Spanish coming-of-age drama, two teenage boys find their sexual awakening and liberty put to the test over the summer of 1999. Nico (Jordi Vilches) is a budding motorcycle mechanic who has been invited to stay for the season by his best friend Dani (Fernando Ramallo). Dani's parents have left for an Egyptian vacation, leaving the two boys with the run of a

Overview

In this Spanish coming-of-age drama, two teenage boys find their sexual awakening and liberty put to the test over the summer of 1999. Nico (Jordi Vilches) is a budding motorcycle mechanic who has been invited to stay for the season by his best friend Dani (Fernando Ramallo). Dani's parents have left for an Egyptian vacation, leaving the two boys with the run of a summer home over the course of ten days. After bouts of smoking marijuana, eating junk food, and drinking, the boys emerge in innocent sexual games, including "krampack," a Spanish euphemism for "hand-job." After their self-involved sexual escapades, the two begin to forge a sexual relationship until two local girls, Elena (Marieta Orozco) and Berta (Esther Nubiola), enter their lives and begin to take an interest in them. Dani still pines for Nico, with whom he has fallen in love, but Nico only sees their sex play as fun and becomes more involved with the prospect of female attention. When jealousy starts to consume Dani, he finds solace in an older man, Julian (Chisco Amado), whom he sees as a potential rebound for his feelings toward Nico, even though his heart may still lie with his friend. Krampack is adapted from a Spanish play of the same name by acclaimed Barcelona native Cesc Gay.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Based on the Spanish play "Kràmpack" by Jordi Sanchez, Nico and Dani is a subtle, bittersweet drama focusing on two best friends straining against a sexual tension that threatens to poison their summer fun and, eventually, their relationship. Nico (Jordi Vilches) arrives from Barcelona in the small seaside village where Dani (Fernando Ramallo) lives, while Dani's parents are away on vacation. The boys intend to spend the rest of the season experimenting with girls, marijuana, and their nightly games of "Kràmpack" (slang for masturbation). The excitement becomes sobering when Dani feels his affection for Nico deepening. Jealousy eventually creeps in when his friend begins to make advances to Berta and Elena, two girls looking for summer romances. Director Cesc Gay plumbs the boys' emotions, keeping their faces and actions in tight focus to capture their feelings of awkwardness. The young protagonists turns in surprisingly mature performances and, together with the adult performers, propel what could have been a familiar tale of unrequited love into a compelling nostalgia piece on the confusion of sex, love, and patience. Small wonder that Nico and Dani won the Prix de Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
In what can best be described as a sweeter, less sensationalistic version of Larry Clark's controversial 1995 film Kids, Cesc Gay's Krampack succeeds in its open-hearted approach to the sexual mores of teenagers, without ever resorting to the pandering or insensitivity that mars so many films made about such subjects. The film doesn't break any new ground as a study of teen sexuality or homosexuality amongst the young, but Krampack also never makes the mistake of judging its characters or what they do. Every scene has the ring of truth essential for a feature of this nature, and the young actors do a credible job at bringing these truths to the surface. The filmmaking is unsurprising but effective, especially in detailing the frank nature of the relationships with assurance and a refusal to let things get too exploitative. Krampack has performed successfully on the festival circuit, especially at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, where it picked up a Special Prize during Critics Week.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2001
UPC:
0717119828141
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Yorker Video
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; "Making of" featurette; Music videos; Interviews with cast and director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Nico Arrives [14:07]
2. Summer Fun [23:09]
3. Male Bonding [17:38]
4. Nico's Big Date [13:28]
5. Self Discovery [15:02]
6. A Beginning and an End [7:01]

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