Lethargic adolescents have been shown by Fernando Eimbcke in the past (Lake Tahoe). In his third film, it had to be different. During his research, Eimbcke came across plenty of adolescent anxiety. Their mothers, however, turned out to be a inexhaustible source of amazement, love and humour.
Club Sandwich starts with the classic ingredients for a delightful vacation for mother Paloma and fifteen-year-old son Hector. A swimming pool in a Mexican resort, snacks and drinks served by the pool. In the course of the sweltering pool-side days, Paloma sees her best friend slowly grow out of childhood. Hector meets his contemporary Jazmin and the secluded corners of the resort are ideal for a surreptitious grope.
Paloma’s peevish response to her son’s new behaviour and her determination not to lose the fight for attention are as tragic as they are comical. Eimbcke combines a sultry summer vacation with the contradictions familiar to all parents: let go or cling on?