Combining elements of fantasy and farce with uproarious comedy and domestic drama, “Elliot Loves” tells two seemingly disparate stories: that of nine year-old Dominican-American Elliot Ayende, who is best friend and sidekick to his young single mother; and one summer in the life of Elliot, now 21 years-old and enduring a string of comically bad relationships. Both stories explore the universal need to be loved and understood.
Recalling the freewheeling zaniness and unbridled sexuality of early Almodovar (“Law of Desire,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”), along with the tender yet bold sensuality of films like “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Elliot Loves” is daring and new yet ultimately embracing of the human condition and all its frailties. As Elliot himself teaches us, we can survive almost anything life throws at us, just “Keep it cute, papi.”
The film stars Elena Goode (As the World Turns) and two-time Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesus (In the Heights and La Cage Aux Folles). Kerry Barden — who cast Pineapple Express, Boys Don’t Cry and the TV series Sex and the City — is the casting director. The director, Gary Terracino, has received national acclaim and won film awards with MTV and HBO and Latino Films.
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