Chico & Rita 2012

Chico & Rita

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Aimed at adults and animated with zest, Chico & Rita is a romantic delight packed with cultural detail and flavor.

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A Cuban pianist becomes smitten with a sultry singer, leading to a passionate but star-crossed romance that reaches across six decades.

Cast & Crew

Eman Xor Oña
Chico
Voice
Mario Guerra
Ramon
Voice
Jon Adams
Voice
Fernando Trueba
Screenwriter
Ignacio Martinez de Pison
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Santi Errando
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Steve Christian
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Marc Samuelson
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Critic Reviews for Chico & Rita

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  • Mar 02, 2016
    Refreshing and charming.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2013
    <i>Chico y Rita</i> did two things principally: it transported us 6 decades into the past and revived the jazzy streets and passions of La Habana with a fantastic animation style. You do miss certain aspects if you are not a Spanish speaker, but it shows that this great animated Latin microcosm has something special prepared for audiences worldwide, with a spectacular soundtrack, an amazing original dubbing work, a very realistic attention to audiovisual detail, romance, craziness, all of this briefly contrasted with the contemporary, post-revolutionary society of Cuba and its effect on music trends. Fear not, because this is a Spanish feature, and you know how much Spain is fan of eroticism. So, the fact that they were dealing with animation did not stop them ;) 79/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2013
    A jazz pianist and a flamenco dancer fall in love but split during political turmoil. This foreign animated film is a nice albeit predictable love story. The characters make all the mistakes of youth, but the story is told with a certain deftness that made me forgive the film its inadequacies. The animation is good, naturalistic at times, frenetic during the jazzy scenes, attempting to take on the "look of the music," and oddly sexy where appropriate. Overall, I enjoyed this film even if I didn't think it had anything new to offer.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2012
    Chico is currently an old man living in Havana. One day, he hears a song that he wrote fifty years before and is transported back to 1948 when he and his friend Ramon were out clubbing with two American women. But Chico has eyes for no one but Rita, a shapely singer, who hardly gives him the time of day and leaves with an American date with Chico sadly not getting any closer to knowing her any better. But Ramon helps find her at the Tropicana, the hottest nightclub in town and then Chico and Rita finally hit it off. But not before a close escape from the American paramour, thus allowing Chico and Rita to make beautiful music that night while Ramon gets to spend the night with the American women. "Chico and Rita" is an exuberant and bittersweet animated film that is both nostalgic and anti-nostalgic. For the first, it satisfies the viewer's need for hand drawn animation to expressionistically recapture a lost world of great music and artists, including a few cameos and apparently one true life incident thrown in, centered around a tempestuous love affair that both inflames and inspires. Along these same lines, this world is not as pretty as memory recalls, which the straight lines of computer animation could not capture, with the subjects of racism and questions about whether Cuba is better off after the revolution coming to light.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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