“Everything happens to me too early or too late.”
An apolitical bourgeois writer named Sergio (Sergio Carmona Mendoyo) remains in Cuba after the revolution, despite the fact that his parents and ex-wife have fled to America.
Response to Peary’s Review:
This enigmatic, complicated film — the first from “post-revolutionary Cuba to be released in the United States” — focuses on one man’s personal attempt to make sense of the rapid changes occurring in his country. Director Tomas Gutierrez Alea draws overt parallels between Sergio’s “underdeveloped” new girlfriend (Daisy Granados), the “underdeveloped” nation of post-revolutionary Cuba, and Sergio’s own “underdeveloped” sense of political agency. As Peary notes, it’s “hard for us to figure out Alea’s feeling towards his protagonist” — is he capable of being radicalized? — but Alea’s supplementary use of documentary footage astutely shows “the need for the revolution in Cuba and the need to preserve” its positive changes.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A rare portrait of post-revolutionary bourgeoisie in Cuba
- An eclectic mix of stills, documentary footage, freeze frames, and fictional narrative
Yes. This movie holds a special place in Cuban film history.
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)