‘Goyo’ Netflix Review: An Endearing Tale Of Love And Adulthood

It is hard to find good romantic dramas that are soul-stirring. The last good romantic drama that came out of Netflix was a Turkish one. In Good Hands and its sequel were about the relationship a child has with his terminally ill mother and his newfound father. Netflix is back again offering a nice tale of love and maturity. Goyo is a story of a young man who falls in love with an older woman and how they find their way back to each other. Directed by Marcos Carnevale, this movie was released on the platform on 5th July 2024. 

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The movie is the story of Gregorio aka Goyo who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, living with his siblings in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a curator of an art museum in the city and happens to be one of the most highly educated employees there. People around him are aware of his developmental disorder and they made his life easy by hiring a man on the basis of his qualification and overlooking any other traits. Goyo however has a limited number of interactions with people. He falls in love with a woman he spotted on his way to work, only to find her to be one of the employees at the museum. Her name is Eva Montero and she has an abusive husband and two sons from him. Goyo has a hard time conveying his feelings for Eva, and his brother Matute helps him get his head around to understand if this is love, crush, or infatuation. Does Goyo share his feelings with Eva? Eva having a hard time keeping her abusive husband away forms the crux of the movie. 

The most beautiful aspect of this story is the normalization of a love story of someone who has Asperger’s syndrome. It is realistic and informative to watch the kind of ups and downs a person with Asperger’s goes through. Their worldview, speech patterns, and how they perceive things are important to know. All of this is presented through Goyo, and there is no exaggeration. The story, however, is a slow burner, as it takes time for the narrative to pick up and help the audience understand how Goyo understands love and all the other feelings that come with it. The story is cliched with a predictable ending. It is the middle portion of the film that does the heavy lifting thanks to the writers, director, and actors. 

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The movie does a good job of talking about emotional and physical abuse and gaslighting. With only a few scenes the writers convey so much about the suffering a woman goes through in a bad marriage. It also talks about how people need to find the good in others and seek companionship in those who are genuinely interested in knowing them. There is a long scene between Goyo and Eva, when they’re having a date at his home. This elaborate scene that involves the man and the woman getting to know each other is intimacy at its best. The direction of the entire sequence is amazing, as the two characters get to know each other in their rawest form. 

Kudos to the writers and the makers for writing this scene most sensitively without judging any of the leads for their reactions. Such great chemistry and intimacy came only with the good direction and writing of Marcos Carnival. The story is all about a harmless man who owns up to his mistakes and deals with women. This movie makes many women think that if only every other man out there was as honest, it would save them a lot of trouble. One must remember that since this is a drama and not a comedy, the makers took their own sweet time developing the characters and the arcs around them. Eva is a realistic representation of women who have no say in their lives, and there is no heed given to their cry for help as they are surrounded by tone-deaf partners.

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The screenplay also focuses on how parents of another generation still find it hard to understand Asperger’s and how to deal with it. This emphasizes a lack of awareness about such a disorder. It also throws light on how parents should be treated as humans and should be forgiven for their mistakes instead of placing them on a pedestal. The monologue of Goyo’s mother is probably the highlight of the film, and it conveys a lot about the generational gap and the mother-son relationship. There is also a subplot regarding the relationship dynamics between Goyo and his siblings. His sister and brother refuse to treat him like a victim, which is another way to normalize the lives of people with Asperger’s syndrome. The movie does lack emotion at certain crucial points. If feelings were injected at the right point in the narrative, the film would have been quite an experience. Romantic drama needs to be all about the right kind of sentiments that bring two people in love together. The movie has a great background score, and it adds another layer to the narrative of the film. There is a sense of melancholy that comes with the soundtrack, which is goosebumps-inducing. 

The performances in the movie are heartfelt. Nicolás Furtado is Goyo, and he is brilliant in the role of the lead character. The actor at no stage overdoes the part given to him, and his performance is subtle, which allows the audience to see the world from his point of view. Nancy Dupláa, as Eva, is a good wife who thinks she has found the perfect guy in Goyo. Her suffering from anxiety is palpable. It is interesting to watch makers not judging a female character who made her own decisions about the life she led. 

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Goyo is an endearing watch that brings a pertinent subject to the forefront by using the romantic drama genre. The film should be honest about the portrayal.


Smriti Kannan
Smriti Kannan
Smriti Kannan is a cinema enthusiast, and a part time film blogger. An ex public relations executive, films has been a major part of her life since the day she watched The Godfather – Part 1. If you ask her, cinema is reality. Cinema is an escape route. Cinema is time traveling. Cinema is entertainment. Smriti enjoys reading about cinema, she loves to know about cinema and finding out trivia of films and television shows, and from time to time indulges in fan theories.

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