Learning How to Survive on the Streets in the Spanish Film ‘Chapero’

After his stepmother throws him out, a young man learns to use his youth to survive. Along the way, he also meets someone who will teach him that sometimes you can meet family in the streets. Find out what happens next in this BLTai recap of the erotic thriller film ‘Chapero’.

The nineteen-minute film ‘Chapero’ which is inspired by actual events, was written and directed by David Gonzales and starts Quim Jimenez as Ismael

Warning: Spoilers alert. Read at your own risk. 

(This recap contains mentions of drugs and implied non-consensual sex.)

Ismael is in the middle of having sex with a casual hookup right inside his stepmother’s bedroom when she arrives and catches them in the act. The casual hookup immediately leaves, and Ismael is left to explain to his stepmother, resulting in a heated argument between them: first, because Ismael used his stepmother’ very own bedroom to have sex; second, because of their already strained relationship due to his parent’s divorce; and third, because of her stepmother’s homophobia. Ismael’s stepmother orders him to leave the house, leaving him without a choice but to go on the street with no belongings or money. He ends up in a rowdy part of town and stays at a public garage park, where a man calls him to his car. Ismael gets inside the car, thinking he has nothing to do. The man introduces himself as Jose from Badajoz, and Ismael does the same. Jose is surprised to find out that Ismael is still a minor, but he also comments that his age is the age where teenagers are hornier than others. He begins to touch Ismael intimately and says that the two of them will probably have fun together before he pulls Ismael towards his private part and makes him give him an oral. Jose releases inside Ismael’s mouth and praises the latter’s oral skills as the best of his life. He then pulls some money from his pocket and gives it to Ismael.

Later that evening, Ismael meets Nina, a prostitute who recognizes him as a new face in the town. Ismael and Nina become friends, and Ismael feels comfortable enough to discuss his journey to that part of the town and his payment for a blowjob. Nina tells Ismael that once he starts that life, it will be hard for him to get out, even if he wants to. Nina advises Ismael to exercise caution, as unexpected events can occur, potentially snatching away his safety. She also advises him always to wear protection and to get payment from the customer first before doing his service. Before Ismael leaves for a customer, the two shake hands. Sometime later, Ismael, who is now getting used to his new life, meets Nina again and catches up with her. As they discuss their previous clients, another prostitute, claiming that that particular street in the town is her territory, initiates a fight with them, which ultimately results in Ismael defending himself. When the prostitute begins to physically hit Ismael, Nina gets in between and defends him. Ismael decides that the argument is not worth it, and he drags Nina away from the prostitute.

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One evening, a man with a bit of an age gap with Ismael picks him up and brings him to his apartment. The man orders Ismael to take off his clothes and get in the shower; although it is his first time going all the way with a customer, he complies. Under the shower, the man pulls Ismael into a kiss, then pushes him to the side and gets his way on him. After doing it in the shower, the man offers Ismael a coffee first, and they start to talk in a friendly manner. When the man asks where he is from, Ismael opens up about leaving home, as he has never seen him before in that part of the streets. He confesses that he needs to make at least a hundred a day to meet his essential needs for a week. The man comments that what Ismael said is interesting and can be fun for both of them. He continues to express his admiration for Ismael’s youth and good looks before instructing him to finish his coffee. The man takes Ismael to another bathroom in the apartment with a bathtub and lets him rest comfortably in it. When the man returns, he asks Ismael if he is a gypsy and how he has never met one, let alone a young gypsy. While the question made Ismael somewhat uncomfortable, he nonchalantly congratulated the man for meeting him. The man says that he can now fulfill his fantasy and helps Ismael get up from the tub to dry himself. The two hook up again, and while Ismael is sleeping, the man calls someone from his phone and tells them that he has merchandise that he will surely love.

Ismael wakes up from the feeling of someone kissing his naked body and finds a stranger staring at him. The stranger assists him in getting up from the couch, just as the man he slept with before approaches the pair and offers Ismael a lot of money as long as he joins them for a good time. Ismael agrees and participates in a threesome with the two, taking drugs and alcohol in between. High and drunk, the stranger and the man exploit Ismael, taking turns on him. After that, the man and the stranger begin to beat up Ismael, who can no longer fight back due to being high. 

The next day, Nina, who is taking a walk in a park, sees Ismael’s beaten and unconscious body on the ground. She immediately comes to his aid and hugs Ismael’s weak body as she tries to ask what has happened to him. 

Three months later, Ismael is walking in the familiar garage park. His and Nina’s conversation about how life is a b*tch and how one night has changed his life completely replays in his mind. 

 

Writer’s Thoughts

Another sensual thriller by David Gonzales, this short film exposes the cruelty of those who must struggle to survive on the streets daily. The dangers of being a sex worker are not romanticized in the movie, especially for those who are still young and susceptible to exploitation. Viewers are left with a terrible taste after seeing Ismael’s vicious abuse and exploitation as a result of his financial desperation, but we have to accept the message it tries to deliver. We want to draw attention to Nina’s character in the movie because, in the face of brutality, there can be someone who will be there to lend a hand and show compassion regardless of whether they are related by blood. After all, friends we make on the streets (or elsewhere) can wind up becoming family.

Enjoy watching ‘Chapero’ on a bigger screen because GagaOOLala is now available to watch on your smart TVs by downloading the app on Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Roku.

 

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