Young and Wild

A teenage Santiago blogger regales an online community with tales of her carnal adventures while, at home, a battle rages between the free-spirited girl and her uptight, evangelical mother in Marialy Rivas’s sexy, exuberant feature debut, winner of the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Seventeen-year-old Daniela revels in exploring her sexuality, a genie her mom Tere vainly keeps trying to stuff back into its bottle.

When Daniela is expelled from high school for committing “fornication,” her mother’s first impulse is to send her daughter on a yearlong religious mission, but instead Daniela goes to work at an evangelical TV station, where presumably she will be safe from temptation. Instead, she is like a kid in a candy store and would rather not have to choose between sexy, standoffish Antonia and Tomás, the pious virgin she aims to seduce. The status of both relationships becomes the latest hot topic on her “Young & Wild” blog. This based on-true-life erotic coming-of-age drama is as freewheeling as Daniela’s blog, episodic in nature, and boldly anchored by the frank and frisky performance of Alicia Rodriguez as a young woman fearlessly exploring her sexuality.

— PAM GRADY

This film contains sexually explicit material.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

Get the Frameline Festival App

A festival in your pocket

FilmFest is a simple, easy to use pocket guide to all the films in this year's festival.

Frameline36 app available now!