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"The Last Match": Buena Vista Bi-Curious Club 

Wednesday, Jan 22 2014
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Without ever quite edging into porn, Antonio Hens's slum-drama The Last Match offer more smooth twink flesh and bareback action than you're likely to find without ponying up for an account on NakedSword.com. Yosvani (Milton Garcia) and Reinier (Reinier Diaz) are best friends living in the slums of Havana; while both are involved with women to varying degrees, they're also aware of how hot the other boy is, and finally giving in to their mutual lust doesn't make life any easier for Yosovani's relationship with his gangster father-in-law Silvano (Luis Alberto Garcia), whose "This world isn't made for faggots!" bluster is as much a matter of keeping up appearances as anything else. Mixing elements from Marcel Rasquin's Hermano and Sally El Hosaini's My Brother the Devil — without the characters actually being brothers, gay incest being a taboo not likely to be broken anytime soon — The Last Match presents a world in which such open displays of queerness are becoming accepted as a part of life (Reinier works as a male hustler to support his family), but, c'mon, could you just keep it to yourself? While The Last Match doesn't break much ground as a social-issues film, it's a good excuse to show lots of delicious (and legal) Cuban boy flesh, and maybe that's enough.

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