Angelo (Xavier Antonio Morales), new to the block ruled by his drug-dealing cousin, falls in love with Cristal (Anoushka Medina), the rival gang leader’s sister. No one approves of their love so they meet in secret.
This variation on Romeo and Juliet, For Love in the Caserio, set in a housing project in one of Puerto Rican capital San Juan’s poor neighbourhoods is partially based on the experiences of local amateur actors. Antonio Morales previously wrote the script for the eponymous play performed to great success by the same actors in San Juan, which aimed to reduce violence and drug-dealing on the streets.
In this charming film, created with the best intentions, scenes in San Juan’s streets (a spiral of violence alternating with soapy drama) is intercut with excerpts from the actors playing on stage or rehearsing for their roles.