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Things I Left in Havana (1997)

Cosas que dejé en La Habana (original title)
Tres hermanas cubanas llegan a madrid en busca de una situación mejor. En Madrid encuentran a una tía que emigró mucho antes y a oytro cubano que intenta seducirlas y...explotarlas.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Perugorría ... Igor
Violeta Rodríguez Violeta Rodríguez ... Nena
Kiti Mánver ... Azucena (as Kiti Manver)
Broselianda Hernández Broselianda Hernández ... Ludmila
Isabel Santos Isabel Santos ... Rosa
Daisy Granados Daisy Granados ... María
Charo Soriano Charo Soriano ... Lola
Pepón Nieto ... Javier
Luis Alberto García Luis Alberto García ... Bárbaro
Francisco Merino ... Adolfo (as Paco Merino)
María Isabel Díaz Lago María Isabel Díaz Lago ... Nati (as María Isabel Díaz)
Alejandro Jiménez ... Miguel
Aylen Álvarez Aylen Álvarez ... Mixileidy
Linda Marabal Linda Marabal ... Pilar
Luis García Luis García ... Guardia amable
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Tres hermanas cubanas llegan a madrid en busca de una situación mejor. En Madrid encuentran a una tía que emigró mucho antes y a oytro cubano que intenta seducirlas y...explotarlas. Written by <miramar@redestb.es>

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a bittersweet comedy
23 September 2003 | by cyn_duncanSee all my reviews

Foreign films are so good at combining comedy with drama and creating films that leave us wondering if we should laugh or cry. There are lots of moments in this film that are funny, but overall it's a sobering look at what it feels like to live in exile. The film starts out in Havana so we can understand what the characters are leaving behind. Spain offers more economic opportunities, but none of the Cubans who go there are really happy. They want things they can't have at home - career opportunities, money, a nice house - but they miss the warmth and color of their island. The aunt (Daisy Granados) has tried to become less Cuban and more Spanish, but she's just a bitter and frustrated woman who wants everyone else to be as unhappy as she is. Although she claims she can't stand Cuban food, she sneaks into the kitchen at night and eats it cold out of the pot when no one is looking - what a perfect metaphor for the way she covers up her true identity in order to "fit in" in her new country. Nena (Violeta Rodriguez) and Igor (Jorge Perugorría) have great chemistry and make a great romantic couple. The constant struggle between money vs. love, economic opportunity vs. home is heartbreaking. It makes you realize that most Cubans who leave the island are only leaving because of economic hardships, and that if they had a choice, they're rather not leave.

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16 January 1998 (Spain) See more »

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Havana, Cuba See more »


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