Los Reyes

Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff / 2018 / 78 minutes / Chile

Los Reyes is the oldest skate park in Santiago and it brings together teenagers from very different social and cultural backgrounds. Chola is young and vigorous and spends her days playing with balls that she throws to the pools in which skaters ride. Football is an old dog, but beautiful and energetic, that obsessively accompanies Chola in this game. The human world appears in stories of adolescents in transit to adulthood. We listen to their voices and see fragments of their bodies as part of the environment that surrounds the world of dogs. As Football grows old and Chola is left alone, the juvenile stories confront us with the rawness of a youth that does not find a place in our society.


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→ Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s 10/10 list

  • “Critic’s Pick! [A] beautiful film… The directors avoid symbolism or didacticism, and instead immerse us in a sense of life lived at the languid pace of an afternoon daydream.”

    — Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times
  • "An extraordinary film. Wonderful. Full of striking compositions that make the ordinary beautiful."

    — Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
  • “A doggone low-key crowdpleaser.”

    — Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
  • “One of the best dog films I've ever seen, and that's not even hyperbole. Amazing. I want to watch it again, and again, and again."

    — Alex Billington, First Showing
  • “Adorable and poignant. One of the most rewarding dog movies I’ve seen.”

    — Beatrice Loayza, Remezcla
  • “Wonderful. The film conveys a rare, animal sense of being, feeling out their existential space without lapsing into human psychology."

    — Nic Rapold, Film Comment
  • “Football and Chola will capture your heart."

    — Peter Debruge, Variety
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