Relationships are hard. While some people may discriminate who can be in a relationship with who, the emotional highs and lows of a relationship don’t. At the end of the day, regardless of what you identify as, you have the opportunity to fall for anyone. But at times there are cultural barriers that also attempt to tell us what who we can and can’t be in love with, especially in the Latino community.
So what would happen in a situation where a man incarcerated, falls for his cellmate? Only to be separated when one is released 2 years ahead of the other. So when they are both finally free, they could finally see if what they had was real, or if they were just lonely. This is the story that we witness in Jon Garcia’s Luz.
Here is the synopsis for Luz:
Ruben Gonzales is a young latino man who’s fallen into the world of the mafiosos. When an accident leads him into incarceration, his relationship with the cartel and with his family is strained. While in prison, he falls in the complex hierarchical system until his cellmate and eventual lover Carlos, comes to his side and helps him find emotional and financial stability. When the two me are released from prison 2 years apart, they again meet on the outside and while dealing with the circumstances that had them incarcerated in the first place, they ponder whether what they once had was real or just two people hoping to seek light in a dark place.
With its release this week, LRM Online spoke with Jon Garcia. He is the writer and director of Luz. During our conversation, we talk about his inspiration for making this film. We also talk in-depth about the issues with the “machismo” mentality that plagues many cultures. He also comments about his two lead stars Ruben-Ernesto Reyes & Carlos-Jesse Tayeh. You can check out the full interview down below!
Dark Star Pictures’ Luz is available now on DVD and Digital.