8 November 2001 | Animula_Vagula_Nudula
An interesting, and perhaps polemic film.
Alicia arrives to the town "Maravillas" (Wonderland) where other people have been sent as a punishment. What have done these other people to be sent there? What do they think about themselves in the new situation and about the possibility of changing something? That's what I think Alicia wants to discover and to tell us during the film, and her story has much to do with a particular perspective of the life in Cuban society, but in the film I did not find the answer to the question: "Why is Alicia telling us this story?"
I find very clever the way the past of the characters and their current life in Maravillas is related and presented in the film. Also the references to the original book by Lewis Carrol are very fine. The transition from the initial hope, to the progressive disenchantment of Alicia is very well played by Thais Valdes. The role played by the children in the story called my attention, children rarely appear in Cuban films.
Finally it is a good experience to see a film that was very polemic, even considered as hypercritical, in Cuba.