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Guantanamero (2007)

Arritmia (original title)
After a violent storm, Ali awakens on a deserted beach, sick and disoriented. They'll be looking for him and he must keep moving. Ivan, a local Cuban, takes Ali to the apartment of his ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nicolás Belmonte ...
Interrogator
Mohamed Chafik ...
Translator
Ako Chavarri ...
Doctor
Ismael de Diego ...
Ivan
Saïd El Mouden ...
Smail
Paco Escribano
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Ali / Jeb
Carolina Chico Hernandez ...
Dancer
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Guido / Commander
Marta Bataller Leiva ...
Dancer
Javier Manrique ...
Manuela's Brother
Saul Vega Mendoza ...
Dancer
Alberto Pineda Mier ...
Dancer
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Philips
Yanulka O'Farril ...
Rosa

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After a violent storm, Ali awakens on a deserted beach, sick and disoriented. They'll be looking for him and he must keep moving. Ivan, a local Cuban, takes Ali to the apartment of his sister Manuela, a dancer in Havana. At first, she is apprehensive to take in this tormented stranger, but she relents as she feels drawn to this mysterious person who has shown up on her door step. Ali is haunted by nightmares, which bring him to the horror of the interrogation room at Guantanamo, and by startling visions linking his past and his present life. But are these nightmares flash backs to his experiences in the prison or just dreams of a tortured soul? Written by NDF International

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Heaven and hell are the same place See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Rated R for violent images and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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Guantanamero  »

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The Commander: Now, look Matthews. We are here to do a job. You just concentrate on doing yours.
Jeb: My job? Sir, I still don't understand what we're doing here...
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Tu No Quisiera Ser Yo
Written by Cameron Mcvey, Matt Kent, Jan "Stan" Kybert, Aridai Vega Martin
Performed by Aridai Vega Martin with The Revolution Players
Produced by Jan "Stan" Kybert
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A film with Heart
9 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Guantanamero (Arritmia) is an independent foreign film that opens the eyes of the viewer to the true human psychological damage that has been carried out in Guantanamo Bay, not just for the prisoners, but for the interrogators as well.

This film has the most heart of any film I have seen in the past year. It has a purpose, even if that purpose is completely raw. It does not, however, lack in the entertainment department. The cultural impacts on the story, the cinematography, the music, the random dance numbers... are amazing.

Once again, I must stress not only is this a foreign flick, it is also independent. Take it for what it is, not what it could be.

A common complaint that many have with this film is the ending. People do not understand it, which is why it suffers an incredibly low score. Without giving away the movie, all I can say is put yourself in the shoes of this man, and the manipulation of the psyche through the hardships that were faced and the decisions that were made. People say that the first and second acts of the film were thought provoking, but with an understanding of the third act, Guantanamero was beautifully tied together.

I highly suggest everyone with a mature mind to see this.


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