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In the Grayscale

Chile, Spanish, 101 mins

Original Title

En la Gama de los Grises
  • Director: Claudio Marcone
  • Writer: Rodrigo Antonio Norero
  • Producer: Luis Cifuentes

CGiii Comment

In terms of tone and colour, this is a rather muted debut from first-time film-maker, Claudio Marcone.

A story that could have - quite easily - fallen into a quagmire of melodrama...instead, under-statement rules the roost.

Bruno lives in a non-binary world - in the grayscale of sexuality. His male lover is binary...as is his girlfriend...it's either black or white, never gray.

The main problem with film is that it takes far too long to get to this point of conflict...the choice that is demanded of Bruno by both his paramours. Yes, there is a hint of the selfish bisexual stereotype...but, thankfully, it is more muted than rammed in your face.

The 'bridge' metaphor is - perhaps - a little to simplistic to make a salient point...however, those less-informed about bisexuality and the non-binary world may find it useful. It's just a pity that it took so long to get to the bridge...sadly, it may lose a few people along its way.

As for the performances, there are no weak links...all do a fine job. There are a few wobbly camera moments...thankfully, few and far between. A quickening of pace and a burst of energy could have lifted this into the stratosphere...rather than the limbo it remains in.

Having said that...it's an impressive debut, clearly showing a wide breadth to Marcone's palate of talents...with a decent budget, there's no telling where he could go.


The(ir) Blurb...

Bruno is an architect who has a perfect life: A nice family and a good job. Anyway, Bruno has a deep sense of unease. He decides to leave his wife to be alone and have time to find him self. A business man offers him to build an iconic landmark in Santiago city. Motivated by this professional challenge, Bruno feels he can find a twist in his life by a vocational route. He start working with a young history teacher named Fer (29) who is agile, energetic, captivating and gay. Starts between them an unexpected and intense romance. At this point he must decide his path. The biggest learning: simplicity is the best way to get up again.

Cast & Characters

Sergio Hernandez;
Daniela Ramirez;
Marcial Tagle;
Francisco Celhay;
Emilio Edwards

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