Review of “80 Days” (“80 Egunean”)

At home that night, Maite takes out her gift from Axun and finds an embroidered portrait of the island they shared their first kiss on. It’s a lovely piece that Maite is quite taken with.

On Day 80, there is a funeral. It’s for Mikel, who has finally passed away. Maite is there, and gives her condolences to Axun, asking if they can meet for coffee soon. Axun says no and watches Maite leave. She breaks down sobbing in the car with her daughter and her husband, who think she’s just upset about Mikel. Her daughter can’t believe they are burying her ex-husband in their mausoleum and yells at her mother, who screams back for her to stop. Axun keeps all her of her feelings inside, and it’s finally reached a point where she can’t ignore them anymore. They come pouring out in the form of tears, never to be spoken to anyone.

In the last scene of the film, it’s day 974, so a few years have passed. The two women run into one another by chance again, but how will it play out this time?

While 80 Days can be somewhat slow at times, the dialogue is fresh and fun, with the ages of the women being irrelevant at most points. The only time it is at the forefront is when viewers are asked to consider how long Axun has lived unhappily, taking care of her husband before herself. She lights up upon seeing Maite, and their conversations are enjoyable to watch. While both women seem suited for their specific roles, their actual chemistry could have been a little stronger. But their acting makes up for the lack of sexual tension at some crucial moments.

For a story about two elderly women in a tug of war lesbian romance, Jon Garano and Jose Mari Goenaga have produced an exceptional film.

“80 Days” is currently screening at international film festivals. Check out 80egunean.com for info on where it’s playing near you.

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