Review by: Graeme Kay | Rating:
FIRST of all: Krámpack, Spanish schoolboy slang for an
act of mutual masturbation. Got that? Okay, then we'll begin.
Dani's (Jordi Vilches) parents have gone away on a trip. So,
he invites Nico (Fernando Ramallo, a very hot property in Spain
at the moment), his friend from Barcelona, to come and stay with
him on the island.
Friends from way back, Nico and Dani share everything, even their
sexual fantasies, and are intimate and comfortable enough with
each other to indulge in the occasional session of Krámpack.
But are they actually gay? Well, yes and no. Nico is primarily
interested in sex, any kind of sex, and is prone to chatting up
strange women in a likeably disarming, if somewhat clumsy, way.
But if there are no women around, well, he'll give anything a
But what about Dani? Dani seems to have made up his mind that
it is time to come out of the closet, so all foursomes set up
by the foxy Elena and Bertha are destined to end in tears because,
while Nico and Elena are getting on like the proverbial, Dani
takes very little interest in Bertha, at least not while she's
conscious, so, on the heterosexual side of things, relationships
between the four quickly become strained.
When Nico refuses to participate further in Dani's gay fantasies,
Dani goes looking for love elsewhere. So can Dani and Nico's friendship
Now that would be telling.
Directed with a lightness of touch that compliments the sunny,
ozone soaked atmosphere of a film set in a Spanish seaside resort,
Krampack is a bright 'n' breezy work that, through its honesty
and humour, captures perfectly the essence of sexual experimentation
among teenage boys.
Director, Cesc Gay, has a good ear and an eye for the way that
adolescents communicate and the way they prioritise their lives,
and in Romallo he has got a natural comic talent whose laid back,
unassuming style provides the perfect foil for Dani's headstrong,
athletic young buck.