“The most beautiful day in the world to kill yourself.”
Last year Panama had a major breakthrough with The Academy when Plaza Catedral, directed by Abner Benaim, was shortlisted as one of the top 15 films of the year in the International Feature category. This year, they hope to continue the momentum with Birthday Boy, the latest film from Arturo Montenegro.
It takes place in a spectacular beach house, right by the ocean, as Jimmy, and his wife Milu, prepare to celebrate his 45th birthday for the weekend along with his best friends.
Before the guests arrive though, something seems to be off with the married couple. Jimmy is tense and apprehensive. He keeps flexing his hands and is unsure about himself. Milu is quietly organizing the house as she watches him from the distance. They’ve been hiding a secret from their closest friends. And they’re prepared to announce it - finally.
Their lives will forever be changed.
Led by a staggering performance by Albi De Abreu in a very tricky role, Birthday Boy is a breathtakingly beautiful film to watch, in a heart-breaking story. Montenegro’s courageous direction and his ability to create a film and not hold back is praiseworthy of all the attention his film is about to receive. It deals with a topic that needs to be discussed more and it's refreshing to have seen it. It’s impressive when it’s all over.
The birthday boy should ultimately be able to decide what he wants to do on his special day.