“Cha Cha Real Smooth” .. A warm cinematic hug

Cooper Rave (1997 – Texas, USA) is considered by many to be a marvel of independent American cinema. In his debut film Sheet House (2020), which he not only directed but also starred in, he plays a college student struggling with his dysfunctional social life on campus. He made this debut as a YouTube video, then director Guy Duplass got so excited that he encouraged Rafe to turn it into a feature film. Not only did Rafe leave the university to make the film, he did so without a filming permit on his university campus, pretending to be filming a seminar. Tragedies provided a striking glimpse into my formative years, as well as the fears one could secretly feel during that time.

his new movie,Cha Cha Real Smooth

Although it is not a sequel in the true sense of the word, this time we are talking about the stage that immediately follows the college, as the upcoming director revisits some of his themes and once again reminds us of a period of transition and the problems that goes with it. It. The film won the Audience Award of the Year at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. In it, Rive, who directed, wrote and acted, tells the story of young Andrew, who has just graduated from university with no idea what to do with his life. Is he pursuing an academic career, or is he headed for something completely different? Rafe tries to capture the difficult transition of being an educated person in your early twenties with no idea what will happen next or how to get there.

The film's title, an American expression meaning to come out of a sticky situation well, fits perfectly with its gentle atmosphere and centers around a hero surrounded by creatures and action takes place, signed by a filmmaker that it "lifts play" and give something personal in addressing the general crisis of almost an entire generation trying to find themselves and their rightful place in the world.the scientist. The familiar construction here indicates what can now be considered a genre in independent American cinema: the category of late-maturing films, in which those born at the end of the last century try to find their identity and place. Amid confusion, confusion and repetition of events, a portrait of the hero's life and diary creates a poignant, but limited, subjective world. The characters surround a hero who gets all the attention, but their personalities don't go deeper than that relationship with him, and everything leads to the central hero.


The story of the movie is simple. Andrew lives with his parents in a middle-class neighborhood in New Jersey, where he sleeps on a mattress in the nursery with his half-brother David (Evan Asante). He works in a fast food chain and often doesn’t get interviews for a job that better fits his education. One night he accompanies his brother to a bar mitzvah (a religious baptism rite for a 13-year-old Jewish boy who is considered ready to observe religious teachings and qualified to participate in public worship) and the arrival of ‘ inaugurate an acquaintance. Bored with the sight of young teenagers, the miserable DJ and the atmosphere of social club parties; Always open to what’s around him, the fun-loving Andrew starts making everyone present dance. With incredible success, a sweltering party turns into a lively party as everyone lets their hair and bodies down, including autistic girl Lola (charming newcomer Vanessa Burghardt, an autistic actress) and her young 29-year-old mother, Domino (Dakota Johnson). . Because what Andrew learned best, through his degree in marketing and polished social media skills, is how to party, which the director does with this film, as he did in its predecessor.

Sweet and honest, Andrew wins Domino’s love and trust, and is also invited to babysit Lola. With that in mind, it also opens the door for Andrew and Domino to spend a few evenings chatting (and flirting). Andrew eventually becomes the go-to party goer in Jewish New Jersey in addition to his temporary job at a fast food restaurant. At parties, he often meets Domino and her daughter, and is drawn to the young mother and near-lost daughter amid these hilarious events. A friendship begins between the three, and from then on Andrew regularly takes care of the only friendless Lula and an easy target for the bullying and harassment of other teenagers. He and Domino also grow closer and begin an uneasy relationship, even though the woman, who is a full seven years his senior, is actually engaged to a lawyer who spends most of his time in Chicago on business. As the weeks pass, more and more sexual tension builds between Andrew and Domino. Meanwhile, the atmosphere at one or the other party is lightened by Andrew’s heavy drinking, or his harsh treatment of some of the servants who act cautiously towards Lola and her mother.

Events that may seem familiar, repetitive and predictable, but the success and prosperity of “Cha Cha Real Smooth” is mainly due to the vitality, kindness and friendliness of Andrew, who knows how to embody it brilliantly. His character lives with a great deal of confidence and boldness, a poor return in the social hierarchy, and a constant failure to get a decent job with his college degree, but in exchange for the misery of his life, he the endearing qualities capable of softening any perceived rift with its owner. He constantly supports those around him, and makes those acts of care joyful events that he himself drifts through, whether he is supporting his half-brother, who is being bullied by his classmate, or getting along with the sensitive loner Lola, or helping her mother help. Domino out of trouble. In a social celebration. An acceptable and pleasant masculinity in an age of political correctness? Perhaps, but shortening the film in this context would do him a great disservice.

Without stretches or fillers, this nearly two-hour film full of wit and irony vividly tells us about the desire and struggle for the ability to engage in relationships or, sometimes, to keep a distance from loved ones without immediately burning all bridges . The characters in this movie talk a lot about love and desire. In doing so, he counters the bourgeois-romantic discourse on love and advances towards its end by demonstrating the different needs of people. What does it mean to want a solid and lasting relationship? What is the magic of non-binding possibilities? Where do I want to go with my desire? What is the future estimate? How do we deal with all our emotional mess? All this is organized here in a direct and wonderful way and is not limited to a particular point of view, which is perhaps why it is no wonder that this moving film was received by the public at the Sundance Film Festival.

Apple TV, which has become increasingly close to the cultural branch of streaming platforms, with its series of literary quotes that it owns and produces, has reportedly invested $15 million for the purchase of Cha Cha Real Smooth. Cooper Rafe is definitely someone to follow. It is interesting to know that he is currently preparing to shoot the novel “Exciting Times” by the upcoming Irish writer Nish Dolan, who is often compared to her most famous compatriot Sally Rooney.

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