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Hello Hemingway (1990)

A young girl's academic asperation conflict with her family's struggle against poverty. Both these aspects are made all the more potent by the clear view they have of Ernest Hemingway's mansion in their home town just outside Havana.

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Fernando Pérez

Writer:

Maydo Royero
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura De la Uz Laura De la Uz ... Larita
Raúl Paz Raúl Paz ... Victor
Herminia Sánchez Herminia Sánchez ... Josefa
Caridad Hernandez Caridad Hernandez ... Rosenda
Enrique Molina Enrique Molina ... Manolo
Marta del Río Marta del Río ... Doctor Martinez
Micheline Calvert Micheline Calvert ... Miss Amalia
José Antonio Rodríguez José Antonio Rodríguez ... Tomás
Ana Gloria Buduén Ana Gloria Buduén ... Leonila (as Ana Gloria Buduen)
Yanara Moreno Yanara Moreno ... Marisabel
Wendy Guerra Wendy Guerra ... Estela
Carlos Manuel Barco Carlos Manuel Barco ... Rafael
Nestor Rivero Nestor Rivero ... Pedro
Maria Elena Espinosa Maria Elena Espinosa ... Hildelisa
Diosdado Tarajano Diosdado Tarajano ... Cafeteria Owner
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A young girl's academic asperation conflict with her family's struggle against poverty. Both these aspects are made all the more potent by the clear view they have of Ernest Hemingway's mansion in their home town just outside Havana.

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Cuba

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

19 June 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Helló, Hemingway! See more »

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Hello Papa!
2 October 2003 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Director Fernando Perez's body of work is entirely different from most of his contemporaries working in the Cuban cinema, as his stories present ideas and situations that other directors wouldn't dare to take. One wonders how does he manage to get this films shown in his own country, or even abroad.

This film is full of symbolism. The parallel between Larita and the great American writer, Ernest Hemingway, specifically, his own work, The Old Man and the Sea, is at the center of the story.

Larita wants to overcome the obstacles in front of her to get a scholarship, but like the Old Man in the story, she ends up defeated by forces that are much bigger than her. As fate has it, the one time she goes looking for Hemingway at the villa where he lives, she is told the great writer is hunting in Africa.

We see Larita scanning the horizon, looking north. Well, some fifty years later, her fellow countrymen probably are using this area to stage the exodus in precarious vessels to go to Florida, or to a death at sea. In fact, Mr. Perez seems to be telling us the more things change, the more they stay the same, which is the case after more than forty years of the present regime in that country.

The best excuse for seeing this film is the beautiful work by the actress playing Larita, Laura de la Uz. She is totally convincing and a natural in the hands of her director.


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