Papi Chulo

Matt Bomer plays a heartbroken Los Angeles weatherman trying to fill the void left by his Latino ex-boyfriend, in this cross-cultural comedy drama.

Dir-Scr John Butler
Prod Rebecca O’Flanagan, Robert Walpole
With Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patiño
Sales Bankside Films

Magic Mike dreamboat Matt Bomer is charmingly vulnerable in this Californian tragicomedy about TV weatherman Sean, who breaks down on air after the end of his relationship with an older Latino guy. While on compassionate leave, he begins a mutually beneficial arrangement with straight and married migrant worker Ernesto (a winning turn by seasoned bit-part player Alejandro Patiño). Initially hired just to paint Sean’s deck, Ernesto quickly becomes a platonic partner substitute, paid to drink at parties so that the younger man can save face with friends worried about his inability to move on. A BFI Flare 2017 alumnus with Handsome Devil, Irish writer-director John Butler’s tender yet sharp observations on male solitude, sadness and awkward emotional blockage transfer beautifully to Los Angeles.

Manish Agarwal