On the streets of Los Angeles, a group of young hustlers spend a night partying and stealing. A visceral collection of scenes with a pulsating natural energy and soft-focus gaze on lost innocence. The film centers around Gabriel, a handsome and angelic young man, and a gender-fluid set of friends maneuvering through East L.A. night clubs. At first Gabriel isn’t privy to the criminal activity, but soon he’s given a choice to join, and we follow their exploits — swiping wallets, soliciting sex, and robbing apartments.
But the point here is not to moralize, and the stakes aren’t conveyed in any traditional sense. The dark urban landscape takes on an otherworldly quality. There’s some kind of throbbing spiritual energy that cleanses wrongdoings as soon as they are committed.
Director Matthew Anderson weaves it together with elegance and vibrancy, focusing on confused/lost/seedy characters, but treating them with an uncommon humanity. It’s a beautiful and tender work with a lively cast and transcendent final sequence. (17 minutes) If you like LAS GITANAS, please consider donating to Matthew Anderson's new film, BAJA COME DOWN, currently raising funds via Kickstarter.
Cast: SERGIO ALVAREZ, MICHELLE ORTIZ, TANYA BARAJAS, EDGAR EDGERLY. Crew: Writer, Director, and Producer MATTHEW ANDERSON. Director of Photography AVA BENJAMIN, Editors SEBASTIAN METLICK, BRENDAN VAUGHAN. Music SOFT MOON and others.