Argentinian Comedy ‘Horseplay’ Looks Into The Dark Side of Homoerotic Machismo

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Argentinian film ‘Horseplay’ will soon be hitting US theaters on June 2, followed by DVD and digital platforms on June 13, but what is the buzz about this dark comedy?

Well, for one, it’s a political and social commentary. Second, it’s uncomfortable — purposely uncomfortable.

‘Horseplay’ tells the story of a group of young and mostly (yep, mostly) straight men who stay in a secluded villa in the countryside for a get-together and vacation. They play around, prank each other, and have lighthearted fun, although, as Attitude describes, there is “an underlying sense that things will go awry.”

Is it queer? It is, but it is also a probing of fragile masculinity, sexuality, homoeroticism, and homophobia, as these young lads’ sexual taunting and teasing get a lot more disturbing by the second. Things get a lot heated when a repressed gay, a secret bisexual, and a massive homophobe all come to a head.

‘Horseplay’ premiered at several film festivals this year, including the Queer Screen’s 30th Mardi Gras Film Festival, BFI Flare London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It is directed by emerging gay Argentian filmmaker Marco Berger, who created a similar film in 2016 called ‘Taekwondo’. In ‘Horseplay’, as Karlovy Vary describes, he “presents a subversive political tale, this time focusing on masculinity in its dangerously toxic form.”

‘Horseplay’ stars actors Bruno Giganti, Agustin Machta, Franco de la Puente, Ivan Masliah, Facundo Mas, Ivan Benitez, Carlos Carneglia, Denis Corat, Jordan Romero, and Fernando de Simone.

 

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