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A compelling portrait of a population decrement via the Florida Straits.
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.
[Mulloy] brings a documentarian's objective eye to "Una Noche," yet the actors - non-professionals - convey exactly the emotions she is looking for.
Writer-director Lucy Mulloy displays much promise in her first feature, a gritty teen drama shot in Havana with a nonprofessional cast.
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.
Una noche thrums with the vibrant energy of restless youth taking their fates into their own hands.
It will keep you on the edge of your seat all the while breaking your heart.
This trio of actors-probably not too far removed from the plight of their characters-renders each and every second with the utmost credibility.
unforgettable portrait of Havana--away from the tourist haunts and into its back streets
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.
(Mulloy shows) a genuine sense of empathy for her yearning, troubled characters and an artist's eye for the beauty of decay.
Augmenting the film's evocative visuals are the phenomenal performances courtesy of its three leads, all of whom are first time, non-professional actors.
An honest and vigorous portrait of a troubled city, centered on three youngsters (played by excellent non-professional actors) who struggle to find a way out of their ungrateful lives while discovering their own sexuality - and the last act is tense and has a strong ending.
Gritty is the fitting word here. Not a happy ending for all....
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.
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