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Life is to Whistle (1998)
"La vida es silbar" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  18 June 1999 (Spain)
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Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs, or getting rid of them to live more freely. Ballerina Mariana has promised God ... See full summary »

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José Andrade ...
Obrero Teatro
Maudelet Badia ...
Odalisca 2
Elena Bolaños ...
Anciana Asilo
Rolando Brito ...
Dr. Fernando
Alina Canizares ...
Profesora 1
Leandro Carfuso ...
Elpidito
Ines Maria Castillo ...
Cuba Valdes
Ileana Chávez ...
Secretaria 1
Michaelis Cue ...
Hombrecito
Annieye Cárdenas ...
Desmayados
Miguel A. Daranas ...
Director Asilo
Aramís Delgado ...
Vigon
Aimeé Despaigne ...
Profesora 2
Madeleine Garcia ...
Secretaria 2
Luis Alberto García ...
Elpidio Valdes
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Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs, or getting rid of them to live more freely. Ballerina Mariana has promised God celibacy if she gets the role of "Giselle"; Social-worker Julia always faints after hearing a certain word; and pot-smoking percussionist Elpidio was abandoned by his mother, coincidentally named Cuba, some time ago and has not yet gotten over the loss. Written by Gonz30

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Tres historias, tres personajes y un fin común: la búsqueda de la felicidad en La Habana de hoy.

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$7,846 (USA) (7 January 2000)

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$63,574 (USA) (10 November 2000)
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poetic yet full of life and real people
31 March 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

This films shows how political censorship enriches artists' imagination and visual language and the entire narrative needed in cinema. Perez was not able to say IT aloud and therefore he says it with beautiful metaphors. People in film have severe attacks of yawn, lustful fantasies and fainting. These are no signs of fatigue or desire but of things not having space enough to become true in a totalitarian society. There are words and ideas not being said aloud anymore: freedom, love; as also those which struck us like hammer on head: sex, hypocrisy, life-lies. People have their strategies to survive until the day someone says it aloud.


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