Owen Gleiberman
April 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Raising Victor Vargas

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
88 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/28/03
performer
Judy Marte, Victor Rasuk, Sylvestre Rasuk, Krystal Rodriguez
director
Peter Sollett
distributor
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author
Peter Sollett
genre
Drama
We gave it an A-

Victor (Victor Rasuk), a teenager with a dark Brillo pad of hair, fancies himself the young Casanova of his sleepy Dominican neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Early on, he meets Judy (Judy Marte), who has the crystalline sexiness of Chloe Sevigny. Peter Sollett’s movie, which is small-scale and delicate, with closeups that caress every quiver and pore of the actors’ faces, is smart enough to get us rooting for Victor even as it prods us into seeing him through Judy’s divided eyes and heart.

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