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The Sugar Curtain (El Telon de azucar) Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 30, 2009
Steeped in a profound melancholy, disillusionment and deep love of country, The Sugar Curtain is a wistful ode to a Cuba that, like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, existed only in the imagination.
| Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
August 30, 2007
Unfortunately, the material is largely inaccessible to the uninformed viewer, or even those who don't know the filmmaker personally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 15, 2007
The filmmaker's bittersweet reflections on her own former idealism form the philosophical heart of the film, which is less judgmental than simply sorrowful in its nostalgia for a lost society.
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Raven Snook
Time Out
July 26, 2007
Although the film fails to reveal anything new about the country's current crisis or the Cuban diaspora, it's a bittersweet tribute to what could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Jerry Portwood
New York Press
July 25, 2007
For those who've never seen Cuba up close, The Sugar Curtain offers an astonishing glimpse of the culture, one that's devoid of both the glamor and the manipulations of mainstream media.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 25, 2007
The Sugar Curtain is a pensive valentine to literacy programs and childhood idealism left in the ashes of broken families and an economically bifurcated society.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 25, 2007
Urzua's unsentimental story of shattered idealism is specific to Cuba, but anyone whose path to adulthood was paved with disillusionment -- whether they were betrayed by faith, family or institutions -- will understand her melancholy nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
July 24, 2007
Guzmán Urzúa understands that to be Cuban is to be conflicted.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
July 24, 2007
After 40 minutes of schoolgirl and schoolboy reminiscences, and the filmmaker's attempts to filter history through nostalgia, the documentary is about as appealing as a home movie.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 16, 2007
In its poignant depiction of a Cuban generation convinced that their roles as creators of a brighter tomorrow can only be fulfilled elsewhere, the director's personal investigation into her past forcefully conveys a sense of national betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Deborah Young
October 14, 2006
The even-handed film is sympathetic to the Cuban revolution in its initial stages, then slowly swings around to reveal the 'skeleton of a dream' that the society has become.
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