Blue and Not So Pink (2014): Miguel Ferrari’s Venezuelan Drama about homophobic Violence (LGBTQ, Gay)

Blue and Not So Pink (Spanish: Azul y no tan rosa, released in the U.S. as My Straight Son) is a Venezuelan drama written and directed by Miguel Ferrari.

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The film won the 2014 Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film, the first Venezuelan film to do so.

The film deals with controversial issues, such as homophobic violence, homosexuality, transsexualism and domestic violence.

The film had its U.S. premiere on June 25, 2014 at the Frameline Film Festival.

Diego, a photographer in Caracas, photographs a performance choreographed by his friend Delirio del Río, a transgender woman. Diego meets his partner Fabrizio in a restaurant, and they kiss.

Meanwhile, Diego’s employee Perla Marina turns up late to work, making excuses to hide the domestic violence inflicted on her by her partner Iván.

Over lunch with his family, Diego observes how they display homophobic opinions, which are also seen in the TV program hosted by Estrellita.

Diego’s son Armando returns to Caracas to live with Diego, after spending five years in Madrid with his mother. Their relationship is strained. Armando lacks confidence in his appearance.

Shortly after Armando’s arrival, Diego’s partner Fabrizio is the victim of a homophobic attack by a gang led by Rasco, outside the Club 69 where Delirio is performing. Diego tries unsuccessfully to get Rasco arrested.

In the aftermath of the attack, Diego, Armando, Delirio and Perla Marina come together. The four practice tango together to help Armando impress Laura, a girl he has met on the internet. After Fabrizio dies, Armando joins Diego to stand up to Rasco. They are attacked by the gang, but Delirio, in full make-up and high heels, scares the gang off with a warning shot.

The quartet then take a road trip to Mérida to plant a tree for Fabrizio and for Armando to meet Laura at a tango dance.

On returning home, the pregnant Perla Marina finally stands up to Iván and decides to raise the baby alone.

At the end of the film, a dancer at the club reveals he filmed the attack on Fabrizio on his phone, and Rasgo is arrested.

Diego becomes closer to his family, who accept his homosexuality. Armando returns to Madrid much more confident. Estrellita’s TV show is replaced by ‘Noches de Delirio’. Delirio delivers a monologue urging acceptance of difference.

Guillermo García as Diego
Nacho Montes (aka Ignacio Montes González) as Armando
Hilda Abrahamz as Delirio del Río
Carolina Torres as Perla Marina
Alexander Da Silva as Racso
Sócrates Serrano as Fabrizio
Elba Escobar as Rocío
Beatriz Valdés as Estrellita

Directed by Miguel Ferrari
Produced by Rodolfo Cova, Antonio Hens Córdova
Screenplay by Miguel Ferrari
Music by Sergio de la Puente
Cinematography Alexandra Henao
Edited by Miguel Ángel García
Distributed by TLA Releasing (US)
Release date: November 27, 2012 (Venezuela), July 11, 2014 (NYC)
Running time 113 mins