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Cuban Blood (2003)

Dreaming of Julia (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy | 27 January 2006 (Mexico)
The year is 1958, and in Holguín, Cuba, a boy's world is about to change forever.

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Che
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Julia
Diana Bracho ...
Beta
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Ricky
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Armín
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Dulce
Aline Küppenheim ...
Katia
Daniel Lugo ...
Capt.Rosado
Andhy Méndez ...
The Boy
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Black Bum
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Mr.Marro
Marilyn Romero ...
Candita
Enrique Almirante ...
Piel Canela
Reynaldo Miravalles ...
Waldo
Enrique Jiménez ...
Papín
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The year is 1958, and in Holguín, Cuba, a boy's world is about to change forever.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexual content and language
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Sweet film, true story...Worth seeing
8 February 2004 | by (santa barbara, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film and heard the writer-director, Juan Gerard, speak at the Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival.

All I knew about it was that it was the story of an 8-year-old boy at the time of the Cuban Revolution in 1958 and how it affects his home and family.

Its opening scene will bring to mind "Cinema Paradiso". In fact, the film is filled with references to classic films: The Roulette Wheel (Casablanca), "chicken clucking" (Rebel Without a Cause), references to Bunuel, "Touch of Evil"; you'll find more. The homeless man (Georg Stanford Brown)is a reference to Cuban folklore which often uses a black man as a type of Greek chorus.

What this film really is is the culmination of a dream. Gerard's wish to honor his family and medium of film that he has loved all of his life.

This is the true story of Juan Gerard and all the people in it are real,as are the events depicted. Gerard is actually an architect and engineer (and passionate film lover) but his dream was to make this movie. He and his wife decided to live that dream and Harvey Keitel became an "angel" who believed in Gerard and agreed to produce and star in it. Keitel holds the screen powerfully as the mysterious and secretive grandfather "Che". Brown and Keitel are the only Americans in the cast. Iben Hjejle (High Fidelity) and Gael Garcia Bernal (Y tu Mama Tambien) offer strong support in key roles.

Truthfully, the first half of the film suffers from stiff delivery of lines, and some overracting, but stay with it. The last half is much better as the events of the revolution combine for the bittersweet, and honest climax. It is the first effort of Juan Gerard, but it is honest as he is and his passion and heart really come through,in this sincere first effort. I would definitely see it again, and hope that he continues his film career.


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