Young Love

Amos Lassen

Rene Guerra’s “Guigo Offline” introduces us to Guigo, the son of divorced parents who seems to have two obsessions in life; his cell phone and finding young love. While on a fishing trip with his best friend, Tullius, his father  Roberto and Paulo, his father’s new friend, he is stunned to discover that he has no internet access  and he is unable to send texts. Roberto’s new friend Paul, he’s shocked to learn he has no internet access and no way to text. As if that is not enough,  he learns that Paul is his father’s new boyfriend.  We get a new look at a coming out story in that a father comes out to his son instead of the other way around. This is a great way to teach children about the various manifestations of love and dealing with issues openly.

Guigo (Antonio Haddad Aguerre) is in love with his Sabrina (Sabrina Nonata). They spendhours flirting with each other and what they share is sweet and fresh. However this adolescent passion is only a subterfuge for more important  questions about love, especially those between Guigo and his father, Roberto (Alexandre Cioletti) and these questions bring anxiety to the fore.

Roberto and his son have a good relationship but there seems to be some lack of communication between them and between the other characters. We really see this when father and son are together with Paulo (Roberto Rezende), Roberto’s boyfriend, and Tulio (Pedro Goifman), Guigo’s friend. Roberto worries about his son’s reaction to his homosexuality. 

The focus of the film is on hidden homosexuality as a driving force but this is also an exercise of empathy. Guigo sees the flaws in his father but not in himself and we see his reaction of   unstable behavior, the result of not being able to talk to Sabrina. This is due to a technical problem, and as he feels uncomfortable with the situation, his father hits him with the news of his sexuality. The film examines the singularity of the characters and what we really see is  drama of incommunicability. This is a simple film that has something to say about understanding human demands and paying giving attention to them.

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