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Aro Recommended Chico & Rita

 

aka: Chico and Rita
Spain / Cuba 2010, 94 minutes
Dir. Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba
In Spanish, English with English subtitles
Rating: [M] violence and sex scenes
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama, Music / Animation, Musical

Topics: Indigenous & Minority Cultures.

 

Aroview: A date move with a difference, this sensuous animated tale for adults traces the love affair of a big-dreaming piano player and a gifted singer in 1940's Havana.

Though the narrative's tragic elements aren't quite as smoothly handled as its romantic ones, this film's smoky-nostalgic vibe and animated eroticism are distinct pleasures, while it earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.

Footnote: Co-director Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE) met artist Javier Mariscal ten years ago prior when he asked him to design a poster for his excellent Latin jazz doco, CALLE 54.

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