Venice (2014)

KIKI ALVAREZ

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  Venecia

Cuba, 2014.  Galaxia 311, KA Producciones, Producciones Largasluces.  Screenplay by , Kiki Álvarez, . Cinematography by .  Produced by Kiki Alvarez, , Ivette Liang, Nicolas Ordonez.  

Three employees of a Havana hair salon decide to go shopping and grab some lunch, which eventually becomes drinks and dinner before clubbing all night and staying out until the wee small hours. They discuss work and men, they air frustrations about their boss and indulge in fantasies about a life outside the rigid walls of their isolated society. It’s a great acting exercise and an experiment in realism, plus a comment on Cuba’s attempt to exist, at least as portrayed by movies, without the input or assistance of the outside world; these characters seem to live an artificial life, with most of the trappings of the capitalist universe but none of the risk or opportunity. The film is smoothly directed and the actresses are skilled enough that it feels like a documentary, but it’s not exactly brimming over with memorable moments to say that it must be seen.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2014

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