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Lafayette’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continued Monday evening with a free screening of Raising Victor Vargas at 7:15 p.m. in Pardee Hall room 401. More film screenings are planned.

Free drinks and popcorn are provided for the Foreign Languages and Literatures Resource Center’s Monday Night Movie series.

Released in March 2003, Raising Victor Vargas lasts 1 hour, 28 minutes. It is rated R for strong language.

The plot: Victor Vargas (Victor Rasuk), a 16-year-old Dominican boy growing up on New York’s Lower East Side, finds his self-image as a burgeoning ladies man deflated when the neighborhood finds out that he’s dating an unpopular and overweight girl (Donna Maldonado) who lives two stories above his grandmother’s apartment, where he lives, along with his brother and sister. So, he sets his sights on the most beautiful girl at the local swimming pool, “Juicy” Judy Rodriguez (Judy Marte).

Raising Victor Vargas was Spin Magazine‘s top selection for the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and The New York Times has called it “a divinely-realized first feature from the gifted young director, Peter Sollett. It is like sunshine burning through a cloud bank.”

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