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Chico & Rita (2010)

Not Rated | | Animation, Crime, Drama | 19 November 2010 (UK)
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Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Limara Meneses ...
Rita (voice)
Eman Xor Oña ...
Chico (voice)
Mario Guerra ...
Ramón (voice)
Jon Adams ...
(voice)
Renny Arozarena ...
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Blanca Rosa Blanco ...
(voice)
Jackie de la Nuez ...
(voice) (as Jakie de la Nuez)
Rigoberto Ferrera ...
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Ray Gillon ...
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(voice) (as Michael Harper)
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Ron (voice)
Jorge Ryan ...
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Claudia Valdes ...
(voice) (as Claudia Valdés)
Claudia Valdés ...
(voice)
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Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love. Written by Anonymous

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piano player | piano | singer | cuba | love | See All (63) »

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Chico i Rita  »

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Budget:

€9,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£81,172 (UK) (19 November 2010)

Gross:

$247,455 (USA) (16 March 2012)
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In order to help accurately represent 1940s era Cuba, Javier Mariscal undertook an extensive research trip to Cuba and was able to view government archive photographs from 1949. See more »

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The poster for "Vertigo" in Paris has "D'entre Nos Mortes" on it rather than "Morts". This is the title of the source novel, sometimes featured on the poster in France, but the title was "Sueurs Froides". See more »

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Ramón: That's Chico. Unknown, but he's the hottest piano player in Cuba.
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A Bebo. See more »

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References Buena Vista Social Club (1999) See more »

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Celia
Written by Bud Powell
Performed by Idania Valdés and Rolando Luna
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a beautifully told story that resonates long after the last sweet note has faded.
26 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

As Brad Bird of Pixar fame has said, animation is not a genre, but an art form. Chico & Rita is an artfully made romantic drama that captures the hearts and imaginations of its audience through its storytelling as much as its animation. By turns reflective and reactive, this is a cosmopolitan saga of two lovers' struggle to find themselves and each other. The key notes of jealousy, passion and ambition set the story in a minor key, while the action moves with the syncopated beats of a mambo. The dialog is sharp and smart. Adults will appreciate the nuances of this excellent script. Love hurts, and the movie's main characters creatively express their bittersweet experiences with the virtuosity and greatness of the stars that they orbit and shine alongside. More of a character than a soundtrack, the music is evenly folded into the movie, as is the tension between the lovers. I wonder if people who go to see Chico & Rita only for the animation might possibly be disappointed, since it is less squash and stretch and more gouache and sketch. But the animation does convey the moods and emotions of the characters whilst taking us on a thrilling ride through dizzying cinematic vistas. The colours and lighting are somewhat stepped, but have an illustrative verisimilitude, that provides a convincing variety of bold panoramas and atmospheric interiors. Still, if you didn't like Waking Life or Belleville Rendezvous merely because of the flickering and the occasional detached 3D elements, then you may find watching this movie similarly distracting. I think that the story is compelling enough and the musical and visual elements such a treat that anyone willing to look beyond the animation is rewarded with the best that cinema can offer.


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