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RAISING VICTOR VARGAS (2003) Victor (Victor Rasuk), a teenager with a dark Brillo pad of hair, fancies himself the young Casanova of his sleepy Dominican neighborhood on Manhattan's Lower… 2003-03-28 R PT88M Drama Judy Marte Victor Rasuk Sylvestre Rasuk Krystal Rodriguez Samuel Goldwyn Films
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RAISING VICTOR VARGAS (2003)

MPAA Rating: R

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EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Mar 28, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 88 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Judy Marte and Victor Rasuk; Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Victor (Victor Rasuk), a teenager with a dark Brillo pad of hair, fancies himself the young Casanova of his sleepy Dominican neighborhood on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Early on, he meets Judy (Judy Marte), who has the crystalline sexiness of Chloe Sevigny. Peter Sollett's movie, which is small-scale and delicate, with closeups that caress every quiver and pore of the actors' faces, is smart enough to get us rooting for Victor even as it prods us into seeing him through Judy's divided eyes and heart.

Originally posted Apr 25, 2003 Published in issue #706-707 Apr 25, 2003 Order article reprints