Without Saying Goodbye: Peru Outshines Tropey Romance

Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer

Plot: The opposite lives of a workaholic architect and a fiery artist are upended when their chance encounter in Peru shifts their views on life.

Review: The title of this Netflix movie comes from the fact Peruvians don’t have a word for goodbye. Instead they say “Tinkunanchiskama” which loosely translates into “see you later” or “until we meet again”. It’s kind of beautiful when you think about it because “goodbye” comes with a sense of finality, and no one wants that when they’re thinking about loved ones right?

Excuse me sir, do you speak American?

This is the core message of this Spanish language dramedy about two completely opposite personalities, Alex (Maxi Iglesias), a rich workaholic architect who has come to Peru with the hopes of building their largest ever hotel, and Ariana (Stephanie Cayo), a free-spirited artist who helps her aunt run a rustic but beautiful hostel that Alex wants to buy for the land. It’s your typical love story yes but there’s an additional character that helps elevate this a bit higher and that’s the beautiful country of Peru.

Peru (which, by the way, is on my bucket list of places I want to visit) with its culture and its famous tourist attractions such as Machu Pichu, Lima and Cusco are all utilised not just as backdrops but as emotional anchors to the characters’ growth and relationships. Honestly, it kind of overshadows the romance at play and I’m still trying to decide whether that’s a good thing or not.

ARIANA: I’m so happy I’m feeling light-headed ALEX: Pretty sure that’s the altitude

The chemistry between our leads is solid but the story itself isn’t anything you haven’t seen in a dozen other romantic movies. And most of the story plays out by-the-numbers which makes the short runtime (96 minutes) feel twice as long. It’s not a terrible film and it’s beautifully shot but the story itself is so predictable you’ll probably be paying more attention to the visually appealing scenery than the movie itself. Sadly this is one flick I would rather say goodbye to than Tinkunanchiskama.

Sommer’s Score: 5 out of 10

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2755F829-2EEC-4A68-B6F7-F963F48C9D92 Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.

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