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Una noche (One Night) (2013)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

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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



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Dec 23, 2013


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A compelling portrait of a population decrement via the Florida Straits.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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[Mulloy] brings a documentarian's objective eye to "Una Noche," yet the actors - non-professionals - convey exactly the emotions she is looking for.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Writer-director Lucy Mulloy displays much promise in her first feature, a gritty teen drama shot in Havana with a nonprofessional cast.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Una noche thrums with the vibrant energy of restless youth taking their fates into their own hands.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Graced with an appealing soundtrack and actors who put fierce heart into every gesture, the movie never achieves the emotional impact desired.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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unforgettable portrait of Havana--away from the tourist haunts and into its back streets

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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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.

September 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

(Mulloy shows) a genuine sense of empathy for her yearning, troubled characters and an artist's eye for the beauty of decay.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Alt Film Guide
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Augmenting the film's evocative visuals are the phenomenal performances courtesy of its three leads, all of whom are first time, non-professional actors.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

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.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source:

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.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The Spike Lee-presented Una Noche is less a sociopolitical statement than a sweaty, sexed-up coming-of-age film.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

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.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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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.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source:

A familiar Cuban emigre drama given to youthful, impulsive surprises.

August 20, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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Gritty is the fitting word here. Not a happy ending for all....
May 5, 2014

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An honest, vigorous portrait of a troubled city, focusing on three youngsters (played by excellent non-professional actors) who struggle to find a way out of their ungrateful lives as they discover their own sexuality - and the last act surprises for its tension and strong ending.
February 21, 2014

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In "Una Noche," Lila(Analin de la Rua de la Torre) has always been very close to her twin brother Elio(Javier Nunez Florian) in Havana. That is until very recently when Elio went to work for a restaurant where he befriends Raul(Dariel Arrechaga). Unbeknowst to her, they are preparing to float their way to Miami, collecting supplies as they can before their departure. In the process, Elio ends up very surprised when one of the drugs turns out to be for treating HIV.

As much as it looks like it was filmed on the fly on location(if so, out of necessity), "Una Noche" still comes together for a lyrical and compelling narrative that is also a little rough around the edges which is probably to be expected in its depictions of the underground economy of Cuba. At the same time, the movie is just as interested in the local sights, with some excellent shots in and around the city. Somewhere in between is Lila who takes notice of the constant motion all around her while bemoaning the fact that nobody is going anywhere, a condition which especially affects the country's youth. In fact, the only people going anywhere in Cuba are the tourists and their money.
September 9, 2013
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