Interesting viewpoint but unoriginal.
, 24 Sep 2004
I love Gloria Estefan's music and really dislike her politics. She speaks from the position of a white rich girl and it is a bit obvious.
This film is well shot and directed but a bit heavy on the feeling the family escaped from a prison. I thought the wife's view of the revolution was more realistic, I think many people have become disillusioned with the centralist nature of the current ruling class in Cuba. Not many of them would want to see the likes of Gloria Estefan's friends back there in power though.
The acting for both leads is realistic, and the music, for all the heavy handed politics is great.
I find it a little difficult to take a state that will not allow criticism seriously, and found the overall tenant of this story to be in a similar position, it was too emotional to be believable, even if the facts were basically true.
As someone once said to me when discussing this very point in Cuba, the way people live there is not acceptable to everyones tastes, but 11 million people, who were once very, very poor, and didnt eat for half the year, had their lives massively changed by the revolution. This still shows today, and I think this story is of one guy who felt oppressed by the state and walked away from the problem, as his wife says, so clearly in the film.
It is sad to see, and even sadder to see it expressed so crudely in a film.
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