Music as the Language of Love in ‘Xavier’

Xavier

‘Xavier’ tells a harmonious and heartfelt coming-of-age story between a son and his father.  

Xavier

Xavier is sitting down on the steps of his school building with his drumsticks in his hand as he mindlessly practices hand coordination in the air. In the background unseen, voices are heard talking about the boy. The teacher is speaking to Xavier’s father, Nicolas, about some of her concerns about him. 

The teacher is asking Nicolas if he has noticed anything atypical about Xavier recently. Nicolas says he hasn’t noticed anything that could be a concern to him. The teacher insists that something must be going on with Xavier as he is not very talkative and mostly keeps to himself. Nicolas is confused and clarifies if his son has done something unsatisfactory to which the teacher replies that he has not. However, the teacher adds that Xavier has been having difficulty paying attention to his classes. There is a certain hesitation in the teacher’s voice as if she wants to say something but is uncertain if the father will be ready to hear what she has to speak about. She goes on to say that Xavier has indeed been keeping up with his grades but she has noticed some troubling behavior from him. She further adds that although she recognizes that every child has a unique way of learning, Xavier is very introverted and doesn’t interact with other students.  

While the two adults are talking, an older boy comes near Xavier and sits beside him on the steps. Nicolas asks the teacher about the identity of the boy. The teacher tells him that he is Lucas, a student from the upper year. The teacher asks Nicolas if it doesn’t bother him that Xavier gravitates towards boys older than him. Nicolas, however, doesn’t reply. We finally see him as he steps from the shadows to look over at his son and Lucas. 

At home, Xavier is practicing on his drums. While he is busy on his instrument, Nicolas is preparing their dinner. Nicolas looks relaxed considering the talk that he just had with the concerned teacher. He is smiling as he hears his son play and enjoy the drums. He bops his head to the beat of the drum and looks over at Xavier who has his full attention to the piece he’s currently playing. 

The camera focuses on Xavier who looks satisfied as well with his playing. He is smiling and pauses the drumming for a while. In the kitchen, Nicolas encourages his beloved son to continue playing. Xavier smiles and does just that. 

The next day, Nicolas arrives at Xavier’s school to pick him up. Xavier is alone again, walking towards the exit with his sticks in his hands. Nicolas observes as his son pays no mind to the group of girls hanging out near the entrance. Instead,  Xavier gets entranced by Lucas who just walked past him. Xavier looks dejected by how he is just ignored.

Inside Nicolas’ cousin’s house, Xavier is sitting next to the table where their food is being prepared. He is still practicing with his drumsticks as Nicolas and his uncle, Fabiano, chit-chat. Fabiano suddenly says that Xavier is just like his dad who in the past cannot be separated from his guitar. Nicolas shrugs at his friend’s comment. Fabiano adds that it has been ages since he last heard his cousin play and wonders if he could whip up something for their gathering. Xavier who looks ecstatic by this, encourages his dad. Nicolas tells them that he’ll think about it.

Tais, Xavier’s cousin, arrives together with her friends, Marcio and Filipe. They are greeted by Nicolas and Xavier. Nicolas jokingly asks which one of them is Tai’s boyfriend and Tais teasingly replies that both of them are to which Marcio and Filipe immediately deny. All of them enjoy their food afterward. 

 

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At the table, the kids are busy discussing juvenile stories about their lives such as their experiences in practicing surfboards and getting knocked out as well as a kid in their class who accidentally shaved off their eyebrows and got made fun of for a month. Xavier subtly steals glances at Filipe as Filipe laughs at the stories. While Xavier laughs too, he is visibly enthralled by the handsome boy next to him. 

In the next scene, Xavier is quietly practicing with his drumsticks alone in the corner of the garden when Filipe comes to him. Xavier cannot hide his smile at the appearance of his new friend. Filipe tells him that he wants to learn how to play the drums so Xavier joyfully shares with him the sticks and tells him to give it a go. Filipe sits behind him and tries it for himself. However, Xavier notices something is a bit off and shows him how it’s done. He briefly takes back the sticks and gives Filipe some tips. He tells him to close his eyes and imagine a big audience cheering him on as he plays. Filipe is listening very intently next to him as he relays the information. Xavier demonstrates this as Filipe watches him with a smile on his face. Filipe tries it after and Xavier smiles as he watches him, telling Filipe that that is it and he’s got it. The two boys share a nice quiet moment. At the table further front, Nicolas smiles as he sees his kid happy with Filipe. 

Tais comes in to tell Filipe that they need to go to the show or they will be late. Nicolas butts in and tells Xavier that he can go with them but Tais replies that Xavier is way too young and might not get in. Filipe stands up and tries to give Xavier his drumsticks back. Nicolas tells him that he can keep them while he practices and he can give them back later. Xavier says a silent thank you to his dad through his grin.

In the very last scene of the film, Nicolas serenades the group with a lovely song about a little lion who shines under the sun and goes on his little adventures. 

After Nicolas finishes playing, Xavier pauses for a while and then tells his father that he loves him.  

‘Xavier’ and other heartwarming coming-of-age queer films are available to stream on GagaOOLala.

 

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