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… nothing too shocking you'll be learning …

Who's in It: Quim Gutiérrez, Marta Etura, Raúl Arévalo, Antonio de la Torre, Héctor Collomé, Eva Pallarés

The Basics: The young Spanish janitor who takes care of his stroke-patient father spends his free time hanging out with his best male friend and also receiving postcards from a female childhood sweetheart. Meanwhile, the young janitor's brother is in a coed prison of some sort (they have those in Spain?), enjoying the lockdown attentions (complete with ulterior motives) of one of his fellow not-male inmates. And what's it all about? Twentysomething emotional turmoil, of course, Euro-style.

What's the Deal? First-time feature director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo makes sure you get lots of cool blue cinematography and an equal amount of chilly emotional temperature. His characters are young and detached, as modern as any post-Catholic Generation Y Spaniard would be, and as unsure of themselves and selfish as any contemporary, somewhat spoiled young person. There aren't a lot of new ideas here, nothing too shocking you'll be learning about this generation's off-kilter spiritual navigation, but at least those ideas look good while they're being delivered.

Title Refers To: A suit that our young janitor wants, one that means a future of freedom from his familial caretaking duties.

For Fans Of: Later, more serious Almodóvar films, as opposed to the loopy, oddly dorky Other Side of the Bed movies that are so popular over there.

You've Seen the Cast Before If: You live in Barcelona and watch a lot of TV. They're all relative newcomers with multiple credits from Spanish TV and features that mostly didn't come to the United States. In fact, now that I think about it, given that a member of my own family (my partner's nephew) is on the current season of Spain's hugely popular Big Brother, he's probably as famous as any of these actors by now. P.S.: Dear Reality-Television-Obsessed People of Spain, do not vote off Rodrigo Duralde, OK? He's a good guy.


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