Sin Alas (2015)



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70 year-old Luis Vargas sits in front of his crumbling art deco building in downtown Havana reading the Communist newspaper. He notices an obituary for Isabela Muñoz, a once renowned modern dancer, and attends her funeral, standing apart from the rest of the mourners. That night he can't sleep and is tormented by a fragment of the melody from her famous performance in 1967. His friend Ovilio suggests completing the melody as a way of letting go, but after a meandering search through the streets of Havana, Luis is led even deeper into a world of memory he has spent decades trying to forget. As scenes from his dramatic affair with Isabela unfold into his consciousness of daily life Luis begins to see parallels in the strained marriage of his young neighbors and the memories of his parents from his childhood in the provinces. Realizing his place in a cycle of failed intentions the old man tries to make a break. (C) Official Site

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Sin Alas matches the half-awake feeling evoked by Luis's ruminations - on love, on Cuba's history, and on himself - well enough to feel authentic even when it meanders too far from what makes it most compelling.

May 4, 2016 | Full Review…

"Sin Alas" is emotional and dense, thought-provoking and intelligent, and it's all held together by music, Lima's poem, colors, sounds.

May 4, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Chace does his finest work with Mr. Padrón, and together director and actor create a portrayal of a man who, even as he's stirred to action, seems increasingly burdened by his sentimental education.

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Director Ben Chace's drama offers a sensual, brainy immersion in scenes of Cuban life past and present.

Jun 23, 2015 | Full Review…
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On the one hand it's a wonderful look into a culture that we don't particularly see, at times searingly acted... On the other hand, it is an, at times, incomprehensible mixture of memory and modern day that goes off the rails.

Aug 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The nonprofessional actors are engaging, and the settings fascinate, of course. But the period re-creations in his flashbacks are repetitive.

Oct 12, 2016 | Full Review…

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