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Cuban Blood (2003)
"Dreaming of Julia" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  27 January 2006 (Mexico)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Bracho ...
Gabino Diego ...
Aline Küppenheim ...
Daniel Lugo ...
Andhy Méndez ...
The Boy
Black Bum
Iván García ...
Marilyn Romero ...
Enrique Almirante ...
Piel Canela
Reynaldo Miravalles ...
Enrique Jiménez ...


The year is 1958, and in Holguín, Cuba, a boy's world is about to change forever.

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Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexual content and language


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Juan Gerard tried to film in Cuba, but was unable to obtain permission; hence the film was shot in the Dominican Republic. See more »


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Little boy grows up in confusing time and place
20 January 2007 | by (Vancouver Canada) – See all my reviews

The central theme in this movie seems to be confusion, as the relationships, setting, acting and social context all lead to the same place: confusion. Even Harvey Keitel appears to be out of his element, and lacks his usual impeccable clarity, direction and intensity. To make matters worse, his character's name is 'Che', and we are only told (directly, by the narrator) well into the film that he is not 'that' Che, just a guy named Che. The family relationships remain unclear until the end of the film, and once defined, the family is divided - the younger generation off to America. So cliché. Other reviews discuss how the movie depicts the impact of the revolution on a boy's family; however the political stance of the director is murky at best, and we are never quite sure who is responsible for what bloodshed. So they lost their property (acquired by gambling profits) - so what? Refusing to take a political stand, when making a movie about the Cuban revolution, is an odd and cowardly choice. Not to mention the movie was in English! Why are all these Cubans speaking English? No wonder they did not get permission to film in Cuba. And if family life is most important to look at here, it would be great if we could figure out who is who - we are 'introduced' to them all in the beginning - a cheap way out of making the relationships clear throughout the film! The acting was mostly shallow, wooden, and unbelievable, timing was off all around. The 'special' visual effects were confusing and distracting. References to American films - and the black character as Greek chorus

  • strictly gratuitous, intellectually ostentatious, and consistently

out of place. I only watched the whole movie because I was waiting for clarity, or some point to it all. It never happened.

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