After the Suicide
Zabo is haunted by the suicide of his good friend and a fire in Lucas Santa Ana’s, “Yo Adolescente”. He sees death everywhere. Zabo is a regular teen in a bourgeois family whose life is routine, or so we think, at first. He spends his free time at illegal parties in an abandoned warehouse and in the high school corridors with his friends. He is bisexual and he moves between boyfriends and girlfriends not knowing how to deal with the ever-increasing emotional abyss. He writes everything he feels on his blog, “Memories of a Teenager.”
Like many other teenagers, he went to a concert with his best friend. While there two hundred people were killed in a fire. During the first hours afterwards, information was confusing and incomplete and after it was discovered what happened that night tragedy occupied everyone’s mind, so much so that Zabo didn’t find out about his friend Pol’s suicide until several days later.
Both events occurred the summer in which he turned 16 and Zabo, saw his adolescence unravel at the same time that he was prevented from exercising the last strands of freedom that he had left, before being pushed by force towards adulthood.
Without the support of his best friend and confidant, whose death affected him much more than he allowed himself to accept for the outside, he only found some relief in the blog Yo, Adolescente, where he could write about all those things that he could not to be drawn from within into the physical world. Unable to deeply understand what he feels or to put into words his loneliness, his desire and his fears are the only things that give some order to his efforts to fit into a world that is somewhat alien to him; a world that asks him to choose labels with which he does not quite fit.
“Yo Adolescente” is a story of loneliness while among others. The narration goes through moments of greater solidity and clarity but there are other moments where it blurs or loses its rhythm, deviating into deepening details.
For director Lucas Santa Ana it was less important to tell a story in the traditional sense of the term, preferring to explore Zabo’s to expose a topic that seems to be forbidden to talk about like depression and depression. teen suicide.
Adolescence is a time of life that is usually approached in the cinema from a more adult position, behind a filter of nostalgia that erases or softens the complexities of self-discovery, especially when the answer is not something that easily fits what is expected. “Yo, Adolescente” gives us a stark and honest look at those years, focusing on a character who finds it particularly difficult to get along with what he wants to be and what he is expected to be, and with no one to talk about it with.