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The Last Match (La partida)

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7 LastMatchThe film is set in a poor, steamy Havana and centers on an intense love affair between two hitherto heterosexual young men. Reinier and Yosvani (Reinier Diaz and Milton Garcia) are best friends and soccer mates. Handsome Reinier, in order to support his mother, wife, and their baby—as well as his gambling habit—prostitutes himself at night to older male foreigners along the waterfront. Meanwhile, the shy Yosvani is reluctantly engaged to a girl and lives with her and her bombastic loan shark father. After a furtive kiss at a nightclub, the two young men follow up with a lusty rooftop encounter, where the two quickly fall for each other. And as their love intensifies, the challenge is not with them but with the unforgiving outside world…a world they so desperately want to escape from. Directed and co-written by Antonio Hens (Clandestinos). Canteen Outlaws ( —Suzie Lynde


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