Raising Victor Vargas ★★★★★

Oh what a sweet little gem. This is the story of three young Puerto Rican teens, blooming fully into their pubescent years, who live with their stubborn and old-school grandmother in the Lower East Side.

That’s it – no guns, no deaths, no melodrama.

These are first time actors who look incredibly natural on screen, and there isn’t a single weak link among them. "Raising Victor Vargas" is a sincere, quiet drama with life-affirming touches on romance, friendship and family.

Movies of this kind and caliber are always a pleasure to discover.