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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 »

Director:

Fernando Pérez
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Cast

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.

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Cuba | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

18 June 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Life is to Whistle See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,846, 9 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,574, 12 November 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in La vida es filmar (1998) See more »

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There is enough here to please everyone.
4 September 1999 | by mifunesamuraiSee all my reviews

It's all about Cuban fate and how it will bring our three protagonist together. A poetic and surreal piece that lends itself to comedy and melodrama! Perez's directorial influence may have derived from the films of Elisio Subiela and Alexandro Jodorowsky. There are also hints of Fellini with the occasional background sound of that dreamy kind of wind scattering about in our subconscious.


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