17 November 2004 | elij48
Good, but glacial
The movie had some good moments. The acting (especially the taxi driver) is decent. The view of the Cuban landscape, from one end of the country to the other, is, at times, delightful. The movie well evokes the yearning and pain of exile and the joy of reunion.
But, oh, oh, did the pace have to be so glacial?! I screened the movie with the idea of showing it in class (I'm a high school Spanish teacher). After about 15 minutes, I could easily imagine the entire class with their faces on their desks, sound asleep. Not good! Even the bleeping credits crawled across the screen for about fifteen minutes at the beginning of the film, soon becoming an annoying distraction.
And the central premise of the film...that Roberto "doesn't know who he is" because he's neither Cuban nor American...is completely ridiculous. There are about 100,000 other Cuban-American men just like Roberto in Miami who know exactly who they are. And the idea that a Cuban has to marry an American in the U.S. in order to get respect is just laughable. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of Cubans here who are married to other Cubans or other Latinos and are doing just fine, thanks.
I guess this has to be seen as a movie that "could have been."