East Side Story | Chicago Reader

East Side Story

Carlos Portugal's colorful drama explores the antipathy toward homosexuals in Latino culture and the recent gentrification of east Los Angeles by white gay couples. Evoking a young Dean Stockwell, Rene Alvarado plays a closeted man who's living with his grandmother and working at her Mexican restaurant. Just as he's ending a relationship with another closeted man, his free-spirited aunt returns from Europe and starts dating his boyfriend. Portugal captures the gritty texture of the barrio and creates some memorable characters, but his modest drama is tripped up by heavy-handed plot developments in the second half. With Gladys Jimenez and Steve Callahan. 88 min.

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