Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague. But his faith in the new Cuba is tested: his ... See full summary »
This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea,
Juan Carlos Tabío
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Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague. But his faith in the new Cuba is tested: his father, a psychiatrist, can make four times as much playing piano at a hotel for foreigners; his sweetheart, Yolanda, wants a career as a dancer and longs for the riches of Miami; his younger brother Bobby simply wants to play rock music, and as a result is in constant trouble with the authorities. When Bobby takes a shocking step of revolt and Gustavo is refused service at a foreigners-only bar, the contradictions in his resolve to become a "new man" push him to the breaking point. Written by
I saw this awful film three years ago, here, in Madrid. It was at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and I was studying journalism then. I know a lot of Cuban people (here in Spain there is a lot of Cuban population), and all of them said that it was "a very disgusting leaflet perpetrated by the exiled Cuban from Miami". It was quite surprising, ´cause they all were firmly disparaging about Castro´s regime, but they explained me that the film only tried to impact the theatre, without showing the real problems people have in Cuba. Now, I work as a journalist, and I continue believing the same. In the news agency where I work we have Cuban´s correspondents who tell us about how they live, about how they are... Today, the English band 'Manic Street Preachers' are going to perform in the Karl Marx theatre, in Cuba (uauh!). Rock is not dead, even there. I can´t believe that 36 people really thought this film deserves a 10. Maybe there are a lot of Ichaso´s friends at the web.
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