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In a tale akin to "Romeo and Juliet," the young love between two children living in Havana is threatened by their parents' bitter conflicts. MalÃº is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito's mother, a poor socialist proud of her family's social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between MalÃº and Jorgito. When the children learn that MalÃº's mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find MalÃº's father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it.
By Adam Nayman
Dir Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti w/ Malu Tarrau Broche, Jorgito Milo Avila. 80 min. Two children on the cusp of adolescence embark on a journey to preserve their friendship in Viva Cuba, a film that works as both a sociopolitical allegory and a family entertainment. Tomboyish Malu (Malu Tarrau Broche) and quick-tempered Jorgito (Jorgito Milo Avila) share a bond that belies their families' disparate economic backgrounds, but their parents don't approve. Things get worse when Malu's grandmother dies and her family makes plans to leave Cuba, but the kids don't take it lying down -- they run away to find Malu's estranged dad, whom they hope will agree to impede the departure. Director Malberti has a simple, unfussy style that reflects his young heroes' clear-eyed naïveté, and even if the road-movie trajectory of the plot is obvious, Viva Cuba should hold interest for viewers of all ages.
--Adam Nayman/ Eye Weekly - Review
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Best movie I've seen in years. Great story, cast and soundtrack.
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