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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 »


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
Ines Maria Castillo Ines Maria Castillo ... Cuba Valdes
Leandro Casuso Leandro Casuso ... Elpidito (as Leandro Carfuso)
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


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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Strong believes in a poor life
28 June 2003 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

One has to see carefully this film without loosing any scene. Here the scenes are scattered like a Victor Hugo´s novel, so you must make the links in your mind in order to understand the subtle messages. Elpidio is a Cuban guy, son of a lady called Cuba, so this is the way to say something not about Cuba mother but Cuba country. The plot makes too much emphasis on sex, and when people on the streets listen this word, they fall down. The most interesting scene is when the doctor trying to help an old lady who does not want to listen the word sex, publicly says that double standard should not exist and that everybody should be him or herself. So in these scenes there is a critic to the way of living of several Cuban citizens. The cult Yoruba is also clear how most of the Cubans practise it, being Elpidio an active practiser of this cult. Another aspect shown here is the sexual tourism in Cuba, a foreign lady from unknown country (played excellently by Isabel Santos) falls in love with Elpidio (Luis Alberto García), she had sex with all the erotism of the world with the Cuban guy. The film was very careful not to show the poor state of Havana sites and streets, it only shows the famous Havana Malecon, which is in a very bad conditions. In conclusion, this is a modest Cuban film, probably the director did not want to go beyond certain line to avoid any internal bitter critic.

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Release Date:

18 June 1999 (Spain) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,846, 9 January 2000

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1.85 : 1
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