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Cuarteto de La Habana (1999)

TV-MA | | Comedy | 9 July 1999 (Spain)
Walter, an aspiring musician from Madrid, has a lot of troubles. After finding a videotape, he learns something which will alter his whole life, and put his Madrid problems on hold. In the ... See full summary »

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Fernando Colomo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Alterio ... Walter
Mirta Ibarra ... Lita
Javier Cámara ... Segis
Laura Ramos ... Diana
Daisy Granados Daisy Granados ... Nereida
María Esteve María Esteve ... Vicky
Mónica Cano Mónica Cano ... Paloma
David Calzado David Calzado ... Lazaro
Javier Gurruchaga Javier Gurruchaga ... Cura
Pilar Castro ... Camarera
José María Sacristán José María Sacristán ... Encargado
Ana María Ventura Ana María Ventura ... Portera
Lola Lemos Lola Lemos ... Abuela
Javier Sandoval ... Cura Madrid
Aurora Basnuevo Aurora Basnuevo ... Mujer
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Walter, an aspiring musician from Madrid, has a lot of troubles. After finding a videotape, he learns something which will alter his whole life, and put his Madrid problems on hold. In the tape, a Cuban woman confesses to being his mother. She is waiting for him in Havana. Walter goes to Havana to see his mother. There, the plot thickens with the addition of the mother's daughter, and a Spanish airline crew member, who round out the quartet. Written by GMeleJr

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¿Por qué todo el mundo quiere ir a Cuba?.

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Comedy

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Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 July 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Havana Quartet See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »

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Color
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Soundtracks

Tan lejos de aquí
Music by Javier Cámara and Mariano Marín
Lyrics by Mariano Marín
Produced by Mariano Marín
Performed by Héctor Alterio, Grupo Zeus and Cuarteto de Jazz de Bobby Carcases (as Roberto Carcasés)
Adapted by Bobby Carcases (as Roberto Carcasés)
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cute movie
23 September 2003 | by cyn_duncanSee all my reviews

This is a lightweight romantic comedy but it has its moments. It deals with cultural differences between Cubans and Spaniards and shows clearly "why does everyone want to go to Cuba?" (as the tagline says). Segis and Walter arrive in Havana with all the jaded superiority of Europeans who think they're better off than the Cubans, but it quickly becomes apparent that the Cuban women they're interested in are a whole lot smarter than they are. The love story is pretty unconventional by Hollywood standards but that makes it more interesting. Underneath there are some bittersweet moments as Walter realizes that growing up in Spain doesn't mean he's Spanish. He was born in Cuba and there are still lots of things the tie him emotionally to the island and the people. It's a little disconcerting to see how Lita (Mirta Ibarra) and her neighbor (Daisy Granados) covet new appliances and a refrigerator full of food - it reminds us that not all Cubans are as well off as these characters, and dependence on foreign currency does have a down side. But all of that is glossed over, so you don't have to think a lot about it if you don't want to. It's not a realistic look at life in Cuba, but it's still an interesting glimpse into cultural differences and how Cubans are managing to survive in times of economic crisis.


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