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Life is to Whistle (1998)

La vida es silbar (original title)
Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs, or getting rid of them to live more freely. Ballerina Mariana has promised God ... See full summary »

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Fernando Pérez
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Credited cast:
José Andrade José Andrade ... Obrero Teatro
Maudelet Badia Maudelet Badia ... Odalisca 2
Elena Bolaños Elena Bolaños ... Anciana Asilo
Rolando Brito Rolando Brito ... Dr. Fernando
Alina Canizares Alina Canizares ... Profesora 1
Leandro Carfuso Leandro Carfuso ... Elpidito
Ines Maria Castillo Ines Maria Castillo ... Cuba Valdes
Ileana Chávez Ileana Chávez ... Secretaria 1
Michaelis Cue Michaelis Cue ... Hombrecito
Annieye Cárdenas Annieye Cárdenas ... Desmayados
Miguel A. Daranas Miguel A. Daranas ... Director Asilo
Aramís Delgado Aramís Delgado ... Vigon
Aimeé Despaigne Aimeé Despaigne ... Profesora 2
Madeleine Garcia Madeleine Garcia ... Secretaria 2
Luis Alberto García Luis Alberto García ... Elpidio Valdes
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Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs, or getting rid of them to live more freely. Ballerina Mariana has promised God celibacy if she gets the role of "Giselle"; Social-worker Julia always faints after hearing a certain word; and pot-smoking percussionist Elpidio was abandoned by his mother, coincidentally named Cuba, some time ago and has not yet gotten over the loss. Written by Gonz30

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Tres historias, tres personajes y un fin común: la búsqueda de la felicidad en La Habana de hoy.

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Drama

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Cuba | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

18 June 1999 (Spain) See more »

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Life is to Whistle See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,846, 9 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,574, 12 November 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Cerebral, unusual Cuban film
13 August 1999 | by gonz30See all my reviews

Even as Cuban films go, LA VIDA ES SILBAR, a festival-circuit darling from Berlin to Havana throughout 1999, is unusual. Not political (great!), not driven by a single plot, and exploring themes such as religion and mysticism, the film deals with present-day Cuban life for the lucky few in the intellectual artistic milieu. Having said that, situations confronting this segment of Cuba's population are realistically portrayed and again without an obvious political agenda. The movie inspires a spirit of hope (very needed to survive in Cuba) through a budget production which is in itself a statement of Cuba's film industry and indeed its economy. Though the film is not really accessible to most viewers, even among the "arthouse" crowd, I would definitely recommend it to Latin American film buffs well versed in Cuban cinema.


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