'Urgent Simplicity' in Mulloy's Cuban-Set Drama Una Noche: Film Review

Una Noche’: Lucy Mulloy debut feature presented with ‘urgent, rough-hewn simplicity’ (photo: Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre, Javier Núñez Florián, Dariel Arrechaga in the movie ‘Una Noche’) The story of three Havana teenagers attempting to escape Cuba for a better life in America is conveyed with urgent, rough-hewn simplicity in director Lucy Mulloy’s Una Noche. Making very effective use of Cuban non-pro actors, Mulloy takes us around the mean streets of Havana, where the shops are empty, but private homes stock everything from jewelry to motors to HIV meds. What the British-born, first-time feature director might lack in narrative polish, she makes up for with a genuine sense of empathy for her yearning, troubled characters and an artist’s eye for the beauty of decay. Mulloy even went to great trouble to shoot in 35mm instead of digital, a testament to her production moxie and desire for visual authenticity,
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