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Una noche (One Night) Reviews

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Super Reviewer
December 20, 2016
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.
½ December 22, 2015
Must watch. Only on Netflix Instant for 24 more hours!
December 15, 2015
A nice Bildungsfilm from Cuba. Sailing 90 miles on a makeshift boat from Havana to Miami. Will their life be any better? Don't know.
August 2, 2015
A beautifully shot and very well acted (amateur cast) film about young people dreaming of escaping Cuba and capturing the energy of life and all its hustling beauty and then has a sad and touching ending.
Very recommended.
May 3, 2015
Great movie- very authentic, being filmed in Cuba and using Cuban actors too. It was nice getting a glance into this mysterious country, but one must not forget, a glance is like watching through a keyhole- it isn't the full view.
January 7, 2015
This beaitufully shot Cuban movie tells of an improbable trio who is trying to cope with daily life in La Havana. Poor but close, twins Elio and Lila manage to help out Raul plan his escape to Miami where he wants to reunite with his long lost father. In their enterprise to flee the country their faith will be tested and their lives changed forever. It's a tough film, sad but beautiful, like the song being sung by this woman all along the film. The cinematography is splendid and the trio of actors is incredibly powerful. A great little film based on true events and bringing a new meaning to the word hope.
January 4, 2015
Great movie. Sad at the end. Wild story telling that's a real thing that happens in Cuba. That country is really not clean and wouldn't visit it at all. USA is cleaner and safer.
August 7, 2014
All right film about Havana and it's state at the moment. I don't know if it's authentic, but if it is I would say that Havana is not as idyllic as I thought.

It's easy to see and also easy to understand the feelings from the characters, so the acting is all right I guess. Most of the themes feel interesting and in many ways this is an impressive debut from Lucy Mulloy. The film is like a long, constant build up. Sadly I feel that it could have been a bit more interesting. It bores me after a while. It looks quite nice, but nothing special really. Some unnecessary twists and turns are a bit too much and is ruining more than it's creating.

6 out of 10 rafts.
½ June 12, 2014
Writer-director Lucy Mulloy displays much promise in her first feature, a gritty teen drama shot in Havana with a nonprofessional cast. I say SEE IT!!!
June 7, 2014
Cuba. A police state with free love life, which sometimes is paid for. The Cubans aren't allowed to come too close to the tourists. Nothing to buy in stores, but you can trade with others. Medicine is free, healthcare is free, education is free. Many freedoms, but not to leave your country without risking your life.

Twin couple, there the boy is secretely in love with his best male friend Raoul. Macho culture doesn't let him show it. His sister follows him everywhere, since they were together before life started.

So they all end up in the sea on their way to Miami. This is director Lucy Mulloy's exam work from New York University, but she's already a complete film-maker, who watches and listens and find people a victim of circumstances. Like we all are.
May 27, 2014
"Una noche" is in a way a very familiar story combining realistic depiction of extreme poverty with an intense survival struggle. Lucy Mulloy's directing is innovative, however, and her approach to the story combined with lyrical cinematography breathe life into the movie. The young actors are all convincing as well.

There is a bit of humor in the script, but deep sadness permeates the film, making it a melancholy, thought-provoking whole. Mulloy has previously worked on documentaries, and "Una noche" reflects this with a keen feel of authenticity that is organically supplemented by the lyricism. The city of Havana is gritty, real, yet pulsing with enchanting energy, the sea deadly and endless, yet mysterious in its vastness. Urgent issues of grumbling infrastructure, hungry people and AIDS are addressed, but the focus is on character throughout the movie.

Here's an example of compelling, nuanced and psychologically believable social realism that forces you to think global issues while competently probing the universal teenaged experience. The characters are confused and in the grips of the unstable storm known as puberty. Their existence is perfectly mirrored by the chaotic city that offers no mercy to the unfortunate.
May 14, 2014
A simple and beautiful story.
Super Reviewer
May 5, 2014
Gritty is the fitting word here. Not a happy ending for all....
½ April 12, 2014
Youth, passion, love and tears - and realistic portrait of Havana. Great movie!
½ April 1, 2014
It's as much about the colorful lead up to the escape as it is about the escape itself.
March 30, 2014
1st part good - 2nd stretch. Overall interesting story
March 5, 2014
Aburrido es decir poco, no se qué idioma hablen en Cuba pero definitivamente español no, que horror.
January 30, 2014
Tragic drama about teens in Cuba. "'Una noche' thrums with the vibrant energy of restless youth taking their fates into their own hands."
½ January 30, 2014
A sad reality portrait for the Cuban young generation who are in the search of an exit from an arbitrary and despotic life. These actors made a very natural and innocent performance, the three main characters were incredibly believable. Full of scenic beauty, this story was solid with a surprising ending.
January 27, 2014
"Una Noche conveys chaos and desperation of trying to escape an oppressive society, that in spite of the ties of family and community, makes life unbearable. Three teens, brave and daring, venture to cross the treacherous ocean and prevail against a fate of poverty and injustice and make a new life in the land of opportunity. Though the 3 may be wanting to settle for different reasons, the outcome is all the same. Definitely worth a watch."
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