Schnabel's biopic of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas - betrayed by the revolution because of his homosexualty - is evidently a labour of love, and at the same time surprisingly conventional. It has a richly imagined look (much more assured than Basquiat) and a real feel for the words (Bardem's Oscar-nominated performance combines overt sensuality with intellectual curiosity and pride), but you may have qualms about the stunt casting of Penn and Depp.
Before Night Falls
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles, Julian Schnabel|