Una noche (One Night) (2013)
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Accused of assault, Raul is forced to flee Havana. He relies on his best friend Elio to help him escape to Miami. Elio is conflicted over protecting his sister's welfare and his own desire to get out. One stressful night, the duo face the biggest challenge of their lives, involving 90 miles of treacherous ocean. (c) IFC
Aug 23, 2013 Limited
Dec 23, 2013
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A compelling portrait of a population decrement via the Florida Straits.
Mulloy's camera is fully alive to the geographical possibilities of her location, hustling after the hustlers, pausing for a shot of a caged bird or a nightclub singer. It's quite a stew.
[Mulloy] brings a documentarian's objective eye to "Una Noche," yet the actors - non-professionals - convey exactly the emotions she is looking for.
Writer-director Lucy Mulloy displays much promise in her first feature, a gritty teen drama shot in Havana with a nonprofessional cast.
Una noche thrums with the vibrant energy of restless youth taking their fates into their own hands.
Graced with an appealing soundtrack and actors who put fierce heart into every gesture, the movie never achieves the emotional impact desired.
unforgettable portrait of Havana--away from the tourist haunts and into its back streets
Not only a portrait of the frustrations and yearnings of Cuban youth, but a universally relevant one of any people striving for more and better than their current stifling existences.
(Mulloy shows) a genuine sense of empathy for her yearning, troubled characters and an artist's eye for the beauty of decay.
Augmenting the film's evocative visuals are the phenomenal performances courtesy of its three leads, all of whom are first time, non-professional actors.
Molloy captures the Cuban spirit of energy, resiliency, resourcefulness, and passion. She does an impressive job of blending an intimate story of friends with a meticulously observed portrait of Havana.
Apart from some nice photography of a sea-swept Havana, there's really little to recommend in this sincere but scattered telling of an escape to America.
The Spike Lee-presented Una Noche is less a sociopolitical statement than a sweaty, sexed-up coming-of-age film.
While the film may be the text, it's impossible to not watch Una Noche and feel those pangs of bittersweet emotions, knowing that these actors have found the happiness for which their characters fought.
Despite the bleak-ness of the situation, the film vibrates with color, noise, music, ferocious arguments (both serious and teasing), and eye-catching snapshots of everyday life in Havana.
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