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Hasta cierto punto (1983)

A theater director and script-writer falls for a female worker from the Havana docks, but his machismo, social and working conflicts, and the Cuban woman's condition interfere with their ... See full summary »

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Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (screenplay), Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Óscar Álvarez Óscar Álvarez ... Oscar
Mirta Ibarra Mirta Ibarra ... Lina
Omar Valdés Omar Valdés ... Arturo
Coralia Veloz Coralia Veloz ... Marián
Rogelio Blain Rogelio Blain ... Diego
Ana Viña Ana Viña ... Flora
Claudio A. Tamayo Claudio A. Tamayo ... Claudio
Luís Celeiro Luís Celeiro ... Quiñones
Marisela Justiz Marisela Justiz ... Lina's Co-Worker
Elsa Medina Elsa Medina ... Lina's Neighbor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Orestes Concepción Orestes Concepción
Claudio Coto Claudio Coto
Fernando Diviñó Fernando Diviñó
Guillermo Fernández Guillermo Fernández
Luis García Luis García
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A theater director and script-writer falls for a female worker from the Havana docks, but his machismo, social and working conflicts, and the Cuban woman's condition interfere with their relationship. Written by Edgar Soberon Torchia <cimas@sinfo.net>

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Country:

Cuba

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Up to a Certain Point See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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gender roles and stereotypes don't die easily
12 August 2013 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

One of the ideas behind communism was that the genders were supposed to be equal. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's "Hasta cierto punto" ("Up to a Certain Point" in English) looks at how far that was coming in Cuba. The movie focuses on a theater director who falls for a female dockworker, but his machismo complicates their relationship. The main point that I derived from the movie is that ingrained cultural values can't get legislated away. Much like how anti-discrimination laws won't wipe out racism, the institutionalized gender equality that came about in Cuba after the revolution didn't abolish men's macho attitudes towards women. Can these things EVER get fixed?!

Anyway, it's a good movie. Gutiérrez Alea, known as Titón to his friends, was representative of the 1960s-1970s movement known as New Latin American Cinema. He later directed "Strawberry and Chocolate" (the first Cuban movie to deal with homosexuality).


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