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Alicia en el pueblo de Maravillas (1991)

A satire about the life of the Cuban people. Alicia, a culture instructor, is sent to a small town "Maravillas", which is itself an exaggerated, but very ingenious reflection of the real ... See full summary »

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Thais Valdés ... Alicia Diaz
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Vanessa Carballido ... A little girl
Carlos Cruz ... Perez
Idalmis Del Risco ... The Woman in Red
Argentina Estevez
Jorge Losada
Jorge Martínez
Pedro Martínez
Reynaldo Miravalles
Enrique Molina
Raúl Pomares
Alberto Pujol
Nieves Riovalles
Judith Rodriguez ... A little girl
Alina Rodríguez
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A satire about the life of the Cuban people. Alicia, a culture instructor, is sent to a small town "Maravillas", which is itself an exaggerated, but very ingenious reflection of the real Cuba. The adventures that she has there are almost as crazy and senseless as the ones lived by the other Alice (in Wonderland), reflecting the indoctrination, coercion, absolutims, and many other everyday problems in Cuban society. Written by Denis Bello Urizarri

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October 1993 (USA)  »

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Alice in Wondertown  »

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An interesting, and perhaps polemic film.
8 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Alicia arrives to the town "Maravillas" (Wonderland) where other people have been sent as a punishment. What have done these other people to be sent there? What do they think about themselves in the new situation and about the possibility of changing something? That's what I think Alicia wants to discover and to tell us during the film, and her story has much to do with a particular perspective of the life in Cuban society, but in the film I did not find the answer to the question: "Why is Alicia telling us this story?"

I find very clever the way the past of the characters and their current life in Maravillas is related and presented in the film. Also the references to the original book by Lewis Carrol are very fine. The transition from the initial hope, to the progressive disenchantment of Alicia is very well played by Thais Valdes. The role played by the children in the story called my attention, children rarely appear in Cuban films.

Finally it is a good experience to see a film that was very polemic, even considered as hypercritical, in Cuba.


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