Me, Too: Living With Down Syndrome, Romantic Foibles and All
Thirty-four-year-old Daniel (Pablo Pineda) is trapped between opposing worldsinternal and external, his truth and what the world projects and assumes about him. Born with Down syndrome, hes also a college graduate whose side passion is art. After getting a job working for an advocacy group (his co-workers cheery support barely masks their patronizing attitudes), he falls for office mate Laura (Lola Dueñas), a blowsy bleached blonde given to drinking and smoking too much, and unsatisfying one-night stands. The hands of writer-directors Álvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro are undeniably heavy in the world theyve constructednot only in the complicated relationship between Daniel and Laura, but also in a subplot about a young couple who both have Down syndrome and battle the girls mother to be together, and in the clichéd backstory of Lauras estrangement from her family. Its the films performances that hold it all together. The cast is uniformly fine, especially Pineda and Dueñas. When Daniels brother counsels him to forget Laura, saying, Fall in love with women you can get, the look of despair and longing on Pinedas face devastates, and the film powerfully hits the note of universalism that is its goal; havent many of us fallen for someone that we, they, and the world deem out of our league?
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