Casi Casi

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Casi casi
Casi-casi.jpg
Directed by Jaime Vallés
Tony Vallés
Produced by Jaime Vallés
Tony Vallés
Written by Jaime Vallés
Tony Vallés
Starring Marian Pabón
Mario Pabón
Irene Lucio
Fernando Castro - Álvarez
Alexis Arce
Ricardo Arias
Marisa Gómez
Maite Cantó
Manuel Benítez
Albert Rodríguez
Tino García
Release date
  • 2007 (2007)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Puerto Rico
Language Spanish

Casi, Casi (English Translation: Almost Nearly) is a 2006 Puerto Rican film, written and directed by brothers Jaime and Tony Vallés. It was released in Puerto Rico in early 2007.

The film takes place in a Catholic school in Puerto Rico, where the main character, Emilio, is infatuated with Jacklynne, the most popular girl in school. In an attempt to impress her and win her over, he decides to run for Student Council President, only to discover that Jacklynne herself will be his adversary. Emilio then devises a plan, together with his friends, to rig the election and lose on purpose. However, they have to evade being caught by the strict Principal Richardson (Marian Pabón).

Plot[edit]

Emilio is a normal teenager, who somehow finds himself being sent to the principal's office every other week. He has a crush on Jacklynne, the most popular girl in school, so he decides to run for Student Council President in order to impress her. After announcing his candidacy, Emilio discovers, to his horror, that Jacklynne herself will be his opponent. Emotions fly high as campaign fever intensifies. After a poignant domino match, Emilio reasons that by sacrificing himself and losing the election, he would be able to win over her heart. Emilio devises a risky plan to rig the election in her favor, which includes sneaking into the school's computer lab to change the voting results, and simulating an electrical failure to divert potential suspicion. The plan succeeds, and an encounter with the school's tyrannical principal is narrowly avoided. Immediately after changing the voting results, Emilio confronts Jacklynne and confesses his love for her, but she brushes past his confession, showing that she has no affection for him and rendering his efforts for naught. In the final scene of the film, set in the midst of summer, it is revealed that although Emilio's life has not changed significantly, he has fallen in love with María Eugenie, a friend who had had a crush on Emilio since several months prior.

Cast[edit]

  • Marian Pabón as Principal Richardson
  • Mario Pabón as Emilio
  • Irene Lucio as María Eugenia
  • Fernando Castro-Álvarez as Ángel
  • Ricardo Arias as Alfredo
  • Marisa Gómez as Natalia
  • Alexis Arce as Mónica
  • Maite Cantó as Jacklynne
  • Manuel Benítez as Manolete
  • Albert Rodriguez as Sr. Bismark
  • Tino Garcia

Production[edit]

First-time directors, Jaime and Tony Vallés, had some experience working in theater. However, they had never made a movie before. They studied filmmaking through books and the Internet [1]

To make the film, they approached members of their own family, among them the Puerto Rican actress, Marian Pabón, and Mario Pabón. Most of the cast were inexperienced actors taken directly from school, in order to give a feeling of naturalness and spontaneity to the film.[2]

The auditions for the teenage cast were held in three private schools in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

Some of the novice actors, like Ricardo Arias, had to be persuaded by the directors. The directors were forced to fill the role of María Eugenia with a replacement, Irene Lucio.

To minimize expenses, all of the cast had to provide their own wardrobe, except for the school uniform shirts.

Reviews[edit]

Despite being a low-budget film, it has received critical praise, including Ronnie Scheib from Variety magazine,[3] and Joe Baltake, of the Philadelphia Film Festival, who compared it with Mean Girls and Clueless.[4]

Awards[edit]

  • San Diego Latino Film Festival - Audience Award [5]
  • Philadelphia Film Festival - Third Place
  • Chicago Latino Film Festival - Third Place
  • New York International Latino Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Vistas Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Boston Latino Film Festival - Official Selection

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mariela Fullana Acosta (January 11, 2007). "Primera Hora: "Casi casi" producto del ingenio de dos hermanos". 
  2. ^ Mariela Fullana Acosta (January 10, 2007). "Primera Hora: Marian Pabón sirve de guía a su hija y sus sobrinos". 
  3. ^ Ronnie Scheib (August 21, 2006). "Variety Reviews: Casi Casi". 
  4. ^ Joe Baltake (2006). "2006 Philadelphia Film Festival". 
  5. ^ Media Arts Center (2006). "San Diego Latino Film Festival Awards". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. 

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