The Waiting List (2000)
"Lista de espera" (original title)

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A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is, it never shows up. While a number of busses pass by the station, and others ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Cruz ...
Tahimi Alvariño ...
Jorge Perugorría ...
Rolando / the blind man (el ciego)
Noel García ...
Alina Rodríguez ...
Saturnino García ...
Antonio Valero ...
Jorge Alí ...
Hiran Vega ...
Pedro Luis (as Hirán Vega)
Mijail Mulkay ...
Leandro Sen ...
Saskia Guanche ...
Serafín García ...
Amelia Pita ...
Assenech Rodriguez ...


A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is, it never shows up. While a number of busses pass by the station, and others that are either full or at the end of the line stop by, it soon becomes obvious that the bus everyone was waiting for has left them high and dry. While one of the would-be passengers, Emilio, uses his downtime to win the affections of the beautiful Jacqueline, most of the rest decide that if they're stuck without anywhere to go, they might as well make the station a better place to wait, and they begin forming a plan to turn the decrepit bus terminal into a showplace that people would look forward to visiting. Written by Anonymous

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2 June 2000 (Spain)  »

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ESP 255,257,366 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Standing by
7 February 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This satiric comedy from Cuba has a way to point out about that, in spite of years of hard times and sacrifice, things are just bad, if not worse than before. The last crop of films from that country seem to be critical to the situation there as in the case with Fernando Perez's "Suite Habana" and even in previous films by Mr. Tabio, notably, "Plaff", "Guantanamera", and "Fresa y chocolate".

This picture tackles, in a subtle way, some of the problems most Cubans face. In this case, it's the chaotic public transportation system in Cuba. Like anything coming from this type of cinema, what one is watching has a deeply different meaning for the locals, who can identify with a situation that appears to have no solution.

Thus, we are taken to a remote small bus station where several people in need of transportation to all parts of the island have come to try to find means of getting to their destinations. Unfortunately, the local bus, based at the station, is being repaired and is soon evident that it's not going anywhere. In the meantime, the one bus that comes by, could only take one passenger, but as people try to storm the bus, it pulls out, leaving everyone stranded.

Among the passengers one gets to know what motivates them to travel, as confidences are exchanged. The film makes one thing clear, and it is the Cuban character in accepting what comes their way and making the best out of the situation with humor. This society seems to make good of that saying about when God gives one lemons, one makes lemonade!

Among the performers in the film, Vladimir Cruz and Thaimi Alvarino, stand out. They play Emilio, an engineer, returning home to work in his father's plot of land as an agricultural laborer. Jacqueline, the pretty woman is trying to get to Havana where her fiancé, a Spaniard, is arriving to marry her and is taking her back to Spain with him. We also get to see Rolando, a man that pretends to be blind in order to get a preferential treatment and go ahead of everyone else because of his condition. This situation is closely disputed by all the people that have been waiting for days without any hope of going anywhere. Jore Perugorria, a frequent collaborator of Mr. Taibo does good work as Rolando, the blind man.

Talk about stoicism! This is a tribute to the Cuban character! Juan Carlos Tabio has directed with his usual flair, making this a winning film that will please anyone.

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