Release Date: August 02, 2006
Starring: Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia,
Chalo González, J.R. Cruz,
Araceli Guzman-Rico, Jesus
Castanos-Chima, David W. Ross,
and Jason L. Wood
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Richard Glatzer and Wash
Executive Producer: Todd Haynes, Nicholas T.
Boyias, Mihail Koulakis, and
Producer: Anne Clements
Writer: Richard Glatzer and Wash
Address Comments To:Michael Barker and Tom Bernard
Sony Pictures Classics
(Sony Pictures Entertainment)
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New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 833-8833
Web Page: http://www.sonyclassics.com
Magdelena is a 14-year-old third generation Mexican-American. Her father is a pastor and has strict, traditional ideas for how his daughter should behave. When Magdelena has trouble fitting into her Quinceañera gown, her family’s worst fears are confirmed by a home pregnancy test, even though Magdelena swears she’s never had intercourse with anyone. Her father rejects her as a liar and fornicator so Magdelena goes to live with her great uncle Tio Thomas, a loving, tender old man played with deeply endearing affection by Chalo González.
Also staying with Tio is another family outcast, Magdelena’s cousin Carlos, a homosexual who’s been rejected by the rest of his family. Tio tends an enchanting garden in the back of his charming bungalow, which he’s rented for ages. When a homosexual couple buys the property and moves into the main house, it’s a sign of the times for Echo Park as the neighborhood’s once predominately Hispanic population gives way to the forces of gentrification.
Carlos discovers his new neighbors. There are several instances of implied homosexual behavior as well as some explicit depictions including a male kiss and a scene in which a man rubs Carlos’s bare stomach and unbuttons his pants.
Without giving too much away, the movie is ultimately a resounding affirmation of family love, reconciliation and forgiveness. While some of the homosexual content might be too objectionable for many viewers, the homosexual couple is by no means given a free pass and actually ends up looking the worst. Moral viewers will want to exercise extreme caution, but QUINCEAÑERA delivers an authentic-feeling glimpse of enduring love in the lives of a family and community whose world is changing.
QUINCEAÑERA is ultimately a resounding affirmation of family love, reconciliation and forgiveness. While some of the homosexual content might be too objectionable for many viewers, and so please exercise extreme caution, QUINCEAÑERA nonetheless delivers an authentic-feeling glimpse of enduring love in the lives of a family and community whose world is changing.