Things I Left in Havana (1997)

  |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Tres hermanas cubanas llegan a madrid en busca de una situación mejor. En Madrid encuentran a una tía que emigró mucho antes y a oytro cubano que intenta seducirlas y...explotarlas.



  • Things I Left in Havana (1997)
  • Things I Left in Havana (1997)
  • Things I Left in Havana (1997)
  • Things I Left in Havana (1997)
  • Things I Left in Havana (1997)
  • Things I Left in Havana (1997)

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25 April 1999 | gonz30
| Witty, but reeks of false romantic and political pretensions
This movie, a Cuban-Spanish co-production, was written by a Spaniard who admittedly remembers his mother's nostalgia for Havana of the 50's. The first problem lies there in: the Havana of the 50's is not the Havana of the 90's these ladies just left. How can you romanticize or be nostalgic about America's Beirut? Secondly, the refugees from Havana, and their overly capitalistic (in the worst of contexts) aunt are all Cuban state paid and controlled actors. They appear in most if not all examples of this new 90s genre, the Cuban-European co-production, where Cuba supplies the raw materials (actors, technical support, sets, locations) and the Europeans (WHAT ELSE?)the money and distribution. The Cuban government gets its much needed hard currency this way, and shows a gullible world how conscious Cubans are of their plight and what an open society they live in (STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE, one of the first of this genre is akin to the Chinese depicting their compassion on Tianemen Square).

The film stars the omni present Jorge Perugorria (one of Cuba's cash cows),and former Communist propaganda movie star Daisy Granados as the evil, capitalist aunt, as well as the daughter of one of the Cuban regime's signature musicians, the very loyal to the party Silvio Rodriguez. Kind of like an Albanian Kossovar family drama made by Milosevic's handpicked Serb stars. A fantasy, and enjoyable at that if you can understand the irony of it all.

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Calabaza, calabaza (Guaracha)
Written by
José María Vitier and Silvia Rodríguez Rivero (as Silvia Rodríguez)
Performed by Compay Segundo (as Francisco Repilado Compay Segundo) and Aramis Galindo Sotomayor


Plot Summary


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Release Date:

16 January 1998



Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Havana, Cuba

Box Office


ESP312,000,000 (estimated)

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