Hormigas en la Boca follows Martin from a 10 year stint in a Spanish prison for robbery to pre-Castro Cuba to recover the loot from his ex-girlfriend. While their he runs afoul of Navarro, ...
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Hormigas en la Boca follows Martin from a 10 year stint in a Spanish prison for robbery to pre-Castro Cuba to recover the loot from his ex-girlfriend. While their he runs afoul of Navarro, a dangerously corrupt politician who happens to be married to Julia. Martin tries to recover his money and pursues Julia while trying to avoid Navarro's thugs.Written by
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Ants in the Mouth (two and a half stars) Directed by Mariano Barroso Country: Spain Year: 2004 Running time: 95 min Stars: Eduard Fernández, Ariadna Gil, Jorge Perugorría, José Luis Gómez
There are relatively few movies set in the pre-Castro period of Cuba's history, and I eagerly looked forward to this offering. It starts briefly in Barcelona in 1958 as political activist Martin Losada is released from jail and gets a ship to Havana. We see a bustling city with the distinctive limos of the period. Beneath the apparent luxury we glimpse beatings and arbitrary arrests (the U.S. -backed, exceedingly corrupt, Batiste movement is still in power). Martin is looking for his girlfriend Julia, but is soon informed by her uncle that she is dead. A large sum of money she brought with her has also vanished.
Working his way through connections, Martin meets a woman whose husband has been murdered by local senator Freddy Navarro. She wants him to kidnap the senator and shows him a piece of paper she has on which is written: "You will awake with ants in your mouth." The kidnap goes wrong and Martin is taken prisoner. The story is slowly pieced together through flashbacks and revelations and we discover things are not as they seem.
Ants in the Mouth has some nice atmospheric photography but is simply much of a muchness all the way through. The acting and other elements conform to the film noir approach but tend to be overly bland and fail to rise to a level which will maintain interest for the 95 minutes that it takes for Martin to solve the mystery and decide what to do about it. The title is slang for coming to a bad end, but this movie never rises above a mediocre middle long enough for us to care.
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