Una noche (One Night) Reviews
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.
It's easy to see and also easy to understand the feelings from the characters, so the acting is all right I guess. Most of the themes feel interesting and in many ways this is an impressive debut from Lucy Mulloy. The film is like a long, constant build up. Sadly I feel that it could have been a bit more interesting. It bores me after a while. It looks quite nice, but nothing special really. Some unnecessary twists and turns are a bit too much and is ruining more than it's creating.
6 out of 10 rafts.
Twin couple, there the boy is secretely in love with his best male friend Raoul. Macho culture doesn't let him show it. His sister follows him everywhere, since they were together before life started.
So they all end up in the sea on their way to Miami. This is director Lucy Mulloy's exam work from New York University, but she's already a complete film-maker, who watches and listens and find people a victim of circumstances. Like we all are.
There is a bit of humor in the script, but deep sadness permeates the film, making it a melancholy, thought-provoking whole. Mulloy has previously worked on documentaries, and "Una noche" reflects this with a keen feel of authenticity that is organically supplemented by the lyricism. The city of Havana is gritty, real, yet pulsing with enchanting energy, the sea deadly and endless, yet mysterious in its vastness. Urgent issues of grumbling infrastructure, hungry people and AIDS are addressed, but the focus is on character throughout the movie.
Here's an example of compelling, nuanced and psychologically believable social realism that forces you to think global issues while competently probing the universal teenaged experience. The characters are confused and in the grips of the unstable storm known as puberty. Their existence is perfectly mirrored by the chaotic city that offers no mercy to the unfortunate.