Pelicula Spotlight: Cristiano De La Secreta

Pelicula Spotlight: Cristiano De La Secreta

by Rob Perez

In this Latin comedy, Cristiano De La Secreta offers laughs after laughs by poking fun at untouchable subjects considered sacred in religious-heavy Dominican Republic. But while there’s little to be offended by, Cristiano De La Secreta, which was screened at this year's Dominican Film Festival in New York City, has a quirky way of delivering its message of being true to who you really are without ever being preachy. Whether you’re spiritual or a confirmed atheist, you’ll have a hard time keeping from cracking up non-stop for over 70 minutes.

From the opening credits of Cristiano De La Secreta, we see Eddie, (Raymond Pozo), who has devoted his life to God as a child preacher to a nationally known Evangelical minister. There’s just one problem: Eddie also has a love for the ladies and struggles to keep his libido in check. Things don’t get any easier when he runs into Dominican knockouts every day. This causes a comical dilemma for Eddie: does he act out on his feelings or should he remain devoted to God? Before he can decide on his fate, Eddie meets Deborah (Nashla Bogaert), whom he can’t stop thinking about. Being head over heels for Deborah puts Eddie in another predicament of whether he should leave behind the church or be with her.

In the ensuing drama (done hillariously) that follows, Eddie attempts to maintain his “holy” responsibilities, keep his Casanova persona under wraps, and win Deborah over. Don’t feel as though you’re going to Sunday mass because Cristiano De La Secreta smartly teaches you about being real. Definitely rent this gem on DVD, you’ll be glad you did!

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