Guantanamera

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A familiar retread of the Cuban political satires of the '60s and '70s, this road movie deals with the aftermath of the now settling Cuban financial crisis of the early '90s. An ageing opera singer, 'Yoyita', the 'Guantanameran' of the song and title, who has been abroad to earn her fortune, returns to Cuba where she dies in the arms of her old flame. As a result, the intransigent bureaucrat husband of her unhappily married daughter, who has organised a crazy petrol-saving relay scheme for Havana burials, finds Yoyita is his first road test. There are jibes at shortages, the black market and sexual politics, but, as the daughter has a fling with a truckdriver, the film subsides into another celebration of the Cuban adage: 'Love is the Salt of Life'.

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Cast and crew

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabio
Screenwriter: Eliseo Alberto de Diego Garcia Marroz, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabio
Cast: Carlos Cruz
Mirtha Ibbara
Raúl Eguren
Jorge Perugorria
Raul Eguren
Pedro Fernandez