A family inheritance, long thought lost and forgotten, becomes the center of this story set in a small Cuban town. Bernardito a man that has to do wonders to make a living, is one of the heirs of the vast fortune. He is employed at a factory nearby the small town where he lives with his wife, Marthica, and a small son. He has his hands in a lot of shady business deals where he supplements his meager income.
Bernardito has a big problem. His house is falling apart. He and Marthica have no privacy to enjoy intimate moments because his own mother, who lives nearby, keeps interrupting them whenever the occasion arises to be alone in the house. Bernardito, figures if he gets his hands in some of that money held in London, he will say good bye to his present life. So do the other distant relatives scattered all over the small town.
The old adage "too good to be true" is at the heart of this Cuban film directed and co-written by Juan Carlos Tabio, the man that gave us "Plaff, "The Waiting List" and co-directing with Tomas Gutierrez Alea, two of the best known hits in the Cuban cinema: "Strawberry and Chocolate", and "Guantanamera". This is an acerbic satire that takes a close look at the way people live in that island after more than fifty years of a socialist form of government.
Jorge Perigurria, a favorite actor of Mr. Tabio and Mr. Gutierrez Alea, plays Bernardito with an eye to the picaresque. He must do whatever he can to put food on the table, so no job is too small for him, no matter if it involves selling pirate versions of films, or even stealing bricks to fix his house. Others in the film include a tamed Mirtha Ibarra, the widow of Mr. Gutierrez Alea, who is not allow to emote in this film. Laura De La Uz, makes a wonderful Zobeida. Annia Bu Maure is seen as Marthica. The supporting cast also includes Vladimir Cruz, who played opposite Mr. Perigurria in "Straberry and Chocolate".