Half an hour into Xenia, I was looking forward to the drama Panos H. Koutras had set up and promised would unfold. Thoroughly endeared to the two main characters, an attractive set of brothers (sweetly childish gay teen Danny and grumpy yet lovable chain-smoking singer Ody), I was ready for the themes of fascism, xenophobia, gayness, economic collapse, “invisible” immigrant status, and layered family conflict that were so quickly and clearly laid out. I’m sad to report that the film began to lose its momentum—though it did continue to elucidate a few salient points about life.

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What Xenia captures (successfully, repeatedly) is that uncomfortable late teen age, where you’re grasping desperately for your childhood and its safe comforts, and also itching to become new, independent, and powerful. Guns and bunnies express this dichotomy in the film, with Danny reaching alternatively for one and then the other, attempting to balance his warring instincts.

Unfortunately, the ending is easy and simple and incredibly disappointing, especially for a film that up until that point had provided reliably sweeping, shocking plot points. But even as the final moments drag on, it’s still worth the watch—whether it’s for the cute boys, the emotional and melodic singing, or the political commentary. recommended