Come As You Are (3 stars)

Come As You Are

Three young disabled men head to a special brothel in Spain

Think of a story of three friends on a quest to lose their virginity and you may think of American Pie, but in Belgian drama Come As You Are, each of the protagonists is struggling with more than just hormones: each one also has a disability. Geoffrey Enthoven’s film is much more than an atypical coming-of-age story. It might start with a scene that’s reminiscent of Baywatch but as it progresses it becomes apparent that what makes Come As You Are different is the emotional value behind its facade.

Jozef is blind, Phillip is paralysed from the neck down and Lars is in a wheelchair with a brain tumour, yet the three are determined to make a trip together, even when the simplest of tasks pose huge challenges. They persuade their parents to let them go on a wine tour of Spain, which is actually a ruse to visit a special Spanish brothel which caters to people with disabilities. When Lars’ condition worsens and his parents decide against him going, the group decide to set off without their parents’ consent, instead seeking the help of a paid nurse Claude (who also acts as their driver).

During the journey the strains between the three friends begin to emerge. However, the serious moments are mixed with underlying humour which creates a good balance as we see the endearing nature of the characters as they strive to experience normality and independence.

Limited release from Fri 7 Jun.

Come as you are (Hasta La Vista) - trailer english subtitled - a film by Geoffrey Enthoven

Come as You Are (Hasta la Vista)

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • Belgium
  • 1h 55min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Geoffrey Enthoven
  • Cast: Roos Van Vlaenderen, Gilles de Schrijver, Tom Audenaert
  • UK release: 7 June 2013

Three young Belgian men are on a quest to lose their virginity; however, Jozef is blind, Philip is paralysed from the neck down and Lars is in a wheelchair with a brain tumour. Enthoven's film balances seriousness with underlying humour, as the likable characters strive to achieve independence.