This story of a teenager with a case with raging hormones raises the bar on similar stories and those that have yet to come. Well acted and directed with realism, Young and Wild borders on soft pornography, but with a dramatic script that’s theatrical releasable. The entertaining Chilean comedy drama is now on DVD and available for the first time shown in its explicit unrated version.
The story centers on Daniela (Alicia Rodriguez) a family oppressed 17-year-old who is at the peak of her sexuality that has grown to near nymphomania. As we take a look in flashbacks we are witness to her early desires for pleasuring herself right up to her virginity loss and consequent web page called Young and Wild. Teens gravitate to her page with their comments on sex with most an awakening and coming of age out pour.
Her Christian religious family has other ideas for Daniela and they serve as nemeses to her chance at getting the stimulation she adores. In her final few months of high school she has a sexual encounter with a male student in the girl’s bathroom. Days later she is called into the office and dismissed from school without graduation following a report by a student.
Daniela informs her mother who quickly renounces her from further activities, internet, and dates, forces her to take religious training and to get a job. After taking a job at a local television station that’s run by her uncle, she meets Antonia (María Gracia Omegna) for which she starts having sexual feelings. Not yet willing to accept them she meets Tomas (Felipe Pinto) and offers herself to him. When the two love interests pull against each other Daniela’s future as a bisexual starts to escalate.
What makes this movie work comes from the excellent script and direction by Marialy Rivas who keeps her characters inviting and enjoyable to watch as they relate to each other over the length of the film. She doesn’t give the obvious ending either, which helps keep the entertainment value high. Young and Wild is not a smut film in any stretch of the word, yet it treats the viewer as an interested observer trying to get a peak at Daniela’ next affair. Rivas takes her time in each of her passionate affairs making them stylish rather than crude and pornographic in nature. Her nude scenes are beautiful and lithe with the lesbian encounter more of a trance than a stark realization.
There are no special features on the disc except for the original trailer that was used to promote the film for its November 30, 2012 release. The film is shown in Chilean Spanish with English subtitles. Thank goodness for pause and rewind as the speed at which they talk is a little too fast. But, I am glad I am able to hear the film in the native tongue as it becomes more enjoyable coming from the actors rather than being dubbed in English.
The video quality if good with the Widescreen version that’s presented in the 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio like it released in theaters. Although you will have to contend with the letterbox effect, if you have a 16×9 screen, it’s not too much of a distraction. The colors are bright and the clarity of the film is close to perfect.
The audio presentation using the Dolby Digital 5.1 through my speaker system is very good so I didn’t miss a second of dialogue. The dialogue delivery is even better if you understand Spanish. The surround kicks in now and then and surprises you during the crowd and street scenes.
Young and Wild has not been rated by the MPAA but contains nudity, sex, language and drug use and may be inappropriate for those under 17 years of age.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A bright coming of age film with artistic values. [rating=5]
Specifications and additional film information:
- Cast: Alicia Rodriguez, Aline Küppenheim, María Gracia Omegna and Felipe Pinto
- Directed by: Marialy Rivas
- MPAA Rating: Unrated, contains sex, nudity, language and drug use
- Genre: Drama, Art House
- Running Time: 1 hr 35 min
- Street Date: Apr 29, 2013
- Original Theatrical Release: Nov 30, 2012
- Language: Spanish
- Format: DVD
- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Video: Widescreen version to preserve the 1.85:1 theatrical release
- Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
- Number of Discs: 1 Disc
- Distributed by: IFC Films