Indie festival hit profiles puppy love

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Raising Victor Vargas

OPENS SEPTEMBER 19, CERT 15, 88 MINS

A favourite at Cannes and Sundance, Peter Sollett’s low-budget debut is an intermittently charming look at growing up poor and Latino on New York’s Lower East Side. But for all the cheeky bravado of the mainly amateur cast, it remains cute’n’cosy, like Larry Clark without the edge.

Victor (Victor Rasuk) is 17 and lives in a tiny apartment with his younger brother, stroppy sister and old-fashioned granny. He fancies himself rotten, and struts around the local pool checking out the chicas. The apple of his eye is “Juicy” Judy (Judy Marte), a kind of Latino J-Lo meets Chlo