Handsome Koki earns a living in Guatemala City winning people’s confidence, after which their possessions go missing. By day he is a tourist guide, but at night he seduces men and takes them to Carlos’ hotel, where they are robbed. Koki and Carlos are two sides of the same coin; their fates are intertwined through their violent activities. One day, Koki is targeted by one of the men he stole from, leading Carlos to replace him with another good-looking young man. The shock of this sudden removal of his means of subsistence causes Koki to realise what his life was like, in an almost out-of-body experience.
Los fantasmas was made in a country without much infrastructure or film expertise, but makes great use of the power of authentic locations, situations and characters in Guatemala. Debut filmmaker Lojo delivers a convincing character study on all fronts, and one that makes us stop and think.