Akron (2015) US

Cinema Queer by Marcelino Rosas

A tragic event from the past tests the relationship between two college freshmen and threatens to divide their families.

Why do I like It? Why do I recommend?

Let me begin by saying that this movie started with a bang. Now, I won’t tell you exactly how because it’ll be a spoiler but It definitely got my attention from the first 5 minutes.
This is a sweet and innocent love story that was brought together by faith and random luck. It goes to show you that if it’s meant to be then it will be and that you can’t help who you fall in love with. This young and new relationship was tested by their past and having the parents disapprove didn’t help the situation.

What I liked best about this film was the unique script and it honestly had me wondering what would happen next. In my own experience I can tell you that Mexican parents can hold a grudge and it’s nearly impossible for them to move on, so I was worried for the couple. That is probably the most I can say without actually spoiling it for you but give this movie a shot. It’s a good and worthwhile watch.

Brilliant performances by Matthew Frias, Edmund Donavan, and Andrea Burns.

Available platforms to watch it: Amazon prime, Vudu, Tubi, and Apple TV.

Marcelino Rosas
Marcelino Rosas

Marcelino “Marc” Rosas is a novelist, essayist and film reviewer whose writing centers on the intersection of Queer and Latinx identity. Raised in Los Angeles as the eldest son in a Mexican-American family with traditional views of masculinity, his debut novel Afuera (Out) and its follow-up Fuerte (Strong) are celebrated for their passionate and candid portrayal of the challenges confronting a young man coming of age in a machismo-dominated culture as he explores and finally fully embraces his identity as a gay Latino man. A one-time fashion and figure model himself, Marc has always had a strong appreciation for the arts, in particular film. Thus his passion for sharing hidden gems of queer cinema via his film reviews with his ever-growing audience. When not at his writing desk working on his next book, Marc spends his time in the gym or traveling with the love of his life Pieter, his husband of many years.

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