A cross between Y Tu Mamá También and Clerks, Duck Season is a sweet and lilting comedy, a coming-of-age story that doesn't try too hard to prove itself. Shot in black and white and featuring a cast of first-time actors, the Mexican import doesn't strain itself with grand subtexts. Instead, it gets lost in the subtleties and small, resonant moments that thread their way through daily teenage life.
Fourteen-year-olds Moko and Flama (Diego Cataño and Daniel Miranda, respectively) are wasting away the hours with videogames and some pot brownies before mom comes home, when 16-year-old Danny Perea and pizza delivery guy Enrique Arreola join in the fun. The result is a kind of stripped-down Jarmuschian Breakfast Club, as an electrical blackout forces the characters out of their day-to-day routines and into the kind of intimacy that comes when we turn off the PlayStation and (can you imagine?) actually talk to one another.
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