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Noches de espera
Noches de espera (2013)
  • Director:
    Tiago Leão
  • Category:
  • Writer:
    Tiago Leão
  • Cast:
    Ainhoa Azcona,Shota Buadze,Maria Flores
  • Time:
    1h 10min
  • Year:
Aitana, Pierrick, Jorge and Rita are all in their twenties and all look for ways to make their nights in the city of Madrid a little less lonely. Set against a background of drugs, sex, multiple partners and differing sexualities, Noches de Espera (aka Longing Nights) follows the individual stories of these young people. A candid portrait of four relationships highly loaded with eroticism from beginning to end.
Credited cast:
Ainhoa Azcona Ainhoa Azcona
Shota Buadze Shota Buadze
Maria Flores Maria Flores
Pierrick Fouilleux Pierrick Fouilleux
Leire Igartua Leire Igartua
Rita Macedo Rita Macedo
Jorge Martín Jorge Martín
Damián Mengoni Damián Mengoni
Fran Olivares Fran Olivares
Oli Oliver Oli Oliver
Manex Rekarte Manex Rekarte
Carolina Touceda Carolina Touceda

Noches de espera (2013)
For whatever reason some artists seem to tag sex as a miserable and lonely experience--void of relationship and featuring men as self- centered predators. This is the guts of this film and it plays out the age-old stereotype of fringe-dwellers being miserable in their existence and never capable of forming relationships. The film's mechanics are a pain to view with most scenes occurring at darkest night and within dimly lit domiciles. The film opens and lacks meaningful dialogue for five minutes--underscoring the theme of a lack of a meaningful connection between the stories and the subjects within those stories.

As some reviews noted, the only redemption for the film is its explicit sexual scenes which are packed with agony and angst as participants seem to have a longing for it to be over. This moves the film into seemingly a pornographic creation parading as art.

I strongly disagreed with the story's morality lines which apparently some film festival attendees seem to miss are a sealed judgement on those living alternative lifestyles, but appreciate the mechanisms and symbols used by the artist to express those views.
Anyone who has ever walked down the Gran Via in Madrid, will have noticed its colourful street life. This film takes you into the lives and homes of some of the people you might see wander down its aligning streets. We follow a straight couple, some gays and lesbians, and a transvestite prostitute over the course of one night and see them go about in their nocturnal pursuit for sex, love, money and drugs.

The general aesthetic of the film is somewhat shabby, but that is not to say the film comes across as dark and depressing. The joyous ambiance of Madrid seeps through no matter what situation the characters are in. It's the adventure of the city at night, the strangers one can meet, the escapades one can relish, the companionship one can strike up, the emotions that can run riot without repression. Yet, the price to pay for all that, is the risk of danger and loneliness. The film shows it all without judgement.