Una noche (One Night) (2013)

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Accused of assault, Raul is forced to flee Havana. He relies on his best friend Elio to help him escape to Miami. Elio is conflicted over protecting his sister's welfare and his own desire to get out. One stressful night, the duo face the biggest challenge of their lives, involving 90 miles of treacherous ocean. (c) IFC

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Lucy Mulloy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 23, 2013
Box Office: $65.2k
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Una noche (One Night)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

A compelling portrait of a population decrement via the Florida Straits.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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[Mulloy] brings a documentarian's objective eye to "Una Noche," yet the actors - non-professionals - convey exactly the emotions she is looking for.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
Arizona Republic
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Writer-director Lucy Mulloy displays much promise in her first feature, a gritty teen drama shot in Havana with a nonprofessional cast.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Una noche thrums with the vibrant energy of restless youth taking their fates into their own hands.

Full Review… | August 23, 2013
Miami Herald
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Graced with an appealing soundtrack and actors who put fierce heart into every gesture, the movie never achieves the emotional impact desired.

Full Review… | August 23, 2013
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Una noche (One Night)

Gritty is the fitting word here. Not a happy ending for all....

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

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An honest, vigorous portrait of a troubled city, focusing on three youngsters (played by excellent non-professional actors) who struggle to find a way out of their ungrateful lives as they discover their own sexuality - and the last act surprises for its tension and strong ending.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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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Walter M.

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