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Retrato de Teresa (1979)

Teresa is overwhelmed: with a husband, three young sons, a job as a crew leader in a textile factory, and volunteer commitments as cultural leader of her union. Her husband, Ramón, wants ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Idalia Anreus Idalia Anreus
Miguel Benavides Miguel Benavides
Samuel Claxton Samuel Claxton
Elsa Gay Elsa Gay
Daisy Granados Daisy Granados ... Teresa
Adolfo Llauradó Adolfo Llauradó ... Ramón
Alberto Molina Alberto Molina ... Sindicalista
Germán Pinelli Germán Pinelli
Raúl Pomares Raúl Pomares
Alina Sánchez Alina Sánchez


Teresa is overwhelmed: with a husband, three young sons, a job as a crew leader in a textile factory, and volunteer commitments as cultural leader of her union. Her husband, Ramón, wants more of her attention; her feelings are mixed, wanting domestic peace, feeling responsibilities to the revolution, and wanting to control her own life beyond doing dirty dishes. They separate; he begins an affair. When he wants a reconciliation, she asks what his response would be if she'd had an affair too. "But men are different," is his reply. He's failed her test, and to hold on to independence and self-respect, she remains uncompromising and hard-edged. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 November 1981 (East Germany) See more »

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The Next Hurdle-Sexism!
5 October 2017 | by jessicacoco2005See all my reviews

Controversial when it came out due to its theme: Sexism in post-revolutionary Cuban society. The film is not perfect. It has its flaws, specifically a lack of character development in the husband. However, it is still a very well-made, mature film which provides a rare glimpse into everyday Cuban life.

Teresa toils by day and night. She works two jobs. One in the textile factory; the other at home taking care of her three children and her husband, who as a Cuban man provides no assistance in the home. Teresa, an everyday woman, in the course of the film becomes revolutionary; symbolizing the nation's revolutionary change from the status quo under Batista. She therefore becomes an active member of her factory's labor union and when asked to choreograph her factory's folk dancing team, she accepts. However, conflict occurs as her husband and even her friends and relatives insist her chief priorities should be being a mother and wife.

The film shows a post-revolutionary government that has achieved a major milestone; i.e. the creation of a post-racial society that has succeeded in integrating minorities into its society. However, it is still a society working on overcoming sexism and classism. Implicit in the film is that these will be the next milestones Cuban society will need to overcome. While the revolution's success to end racism is mirrored by Ramon's place of business, Teresa's home depicts the sexism still found in Cuban society. The revolution's needs to continue maturing and growing is mirrored by Theresa's need to mature and grow in the film. The class question is always lurking in the background of this well-made film; subtlety depicted in the different sizes of the homes, the magazines, the decor, and dress: This is in sharp contrast to the sexism which is blatant; showing that old class distinctions just like sexism still exist and need to be addressed. I highly recommend this film.

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