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Mateo (2014)

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American gringo bolero musician, Mateo, recounts his life's struggles, feeds stray cats and travels to Cuba to make his next record.


Aaron I. Naar
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Matthew Stoneman Matthew Stoneman ... Mateo


Mateo follows America's gringo bolero singer on his misadventures in Cuba. Matthew Stoneman dreamed of pop stardom. Instead, he went to jail, learned Spanish, and emerged as "Mateo," America's first white "mariachi" singer, even though he sings bolero music. Mateo is on the brink of completing an album of original songs in Havana. But his estrangement from friends and family, his criminal past, and his love for Cuban women could derail him on his quest for fame. Written by Mateo doesn't sing mariachi music. http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2080318,00.html

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Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chocorua, New Hampshire, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Awkward but strangely inspiring
10 May 2018 | by sarahjayweckerlingSee all my reviews

This documentary is about a man who pursues his dreams relentlessly. For me as a perfectionist, it was inspiring to see how much he believes in himself. I mean, "Matteo" is this musician who's whiter than white, struggling financially, barely able to speak Spanish and still he keeps coming back to Cuba to record his album. It's obvious people don't take him very seriously, and still he has Cuban friends who totally have his back. Some scenes in this movie are so painfully cringey, also it's a bit too long, could have been wrapped up in an hour. And yet...you expect him to fail so hard but in the end, success comes from an unlikely place. That's why this movie is very uplifting for anybody who ever wanted to make art or music. Gets you thinking "If he could do it somehow, why can't I?"

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