Epicentro Reviews

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June 5, 2021
As the waves crash by the shore near the film's end, it's not clear if Epicentro's first twenty minutes or so ... have had much impact beyond expository convenience.
February 14, 2021
This film is like an insider's view of Cuba, and it consists mainly of street scenes in and around Havana, loosely strung along a theme relating to the Cuban War of Independence and the Spanish-American War.
January 22, 2021
Acting as his own cinematographer in Havana, Sauper ventures off the tourist track with his camera.
October 23, 2020
Epicentro is an intimate, fluid, ethereal film while still being sharp edged in condemnation of the globalization and colonial history. It's one of the truly great documentaries of 2020.
October 21, 2020
If one can't find utopia on the sunny beaches of Cuba, one might not find it elsewhere.
September 18, 2020
As waves crash against the Malecón esplanade, Epicentro reminds us of the myths that we build our lives upon; some of us believe in the myth of building walls and some of us cry at the death of our mythical leaders.
September 15, 2020
Sauper's Epicentro takes what feels like a last, nostalgic pulse-taking of Fidel's Havana-physically decaying but still full of cultural life-before what seems an inevitable eventual return to external capitalist exploitation.
September 10, 2020
A brazenly experimental feature, Epicentro is a textured and provocative look at the trail left by a history of colonialism, both literal and more figuratively.
September 10, 2020
Epicentro isn't so much a wide-ranging documentary as it is a compilation of random individuals in Cuba who share their thoughts for this movie. What they have to say is much more revealing about Cuba than filtered news or a political speech.
September 4, 2020
The mood he strikes is discordant with the material-not a problem in and of itself, but indicative of how self-reflexivity can slip into noncommittal indulgence.
September 4, 2020
The truth at our convenience
September 4, 2020
Sauper isn't trying to fool anyone, but he is a filmmaker, and that's how the medium works.
September 3, 2020
An ambitious, multi-layered documentary, Epicentro... will reward you for sticking with it.
August 29, 2020
From visual beauty to its cultural and artistic distinctions to sociopolitical challenges, the uneven film takes an affectionate approach toward its subjects.
August 28, 2020
Alongside the 1964 classic "I am Cuba", this stands as one of the greatest documentaries ever made about Cuba and reinforces the need to end end the embargo.
August 28, 2020
...regardless of [Sauper's] self-awareness, Epicentro is a really thought-provoking study of modern day Cuba and its history.
August 28, 2020
At once mesmerizing and self-questioning.
August 28, 2020
There's an alluringly observant, searching quality to Sauper's direction. He takes audiences on an enlightening journey
August 27, 2020
This lack of objectivity is blatant . . . and as part impressionistic work and part ethnography, Epicentro often turns counterintuitive into crucial.
August 27, 2020
Epicentro ... stands as a monumental tribute to a place deserving of better than it normally gets.
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