Reviewed bysengbranchVote: 9/10/10
I enjoyed watching this film so much, chatting away to my wife aboutall the familiar places and stories. My work has taken me there a lotover the years. The stories portrayed here are exactly what one seeswhen you develop friendships over the years in Cuba. I felt as if thethree brothers were my friends too, having spent much of my time in thefarming communities of Cuba. I felt emotionally attached to them astime passed and economic pressures shaped their experience.
There is so much depth and complexity to the Cuban story, and it can beincredibly confusing to go between the worlds of tourism, governmentlectures, and time in the homes or fields of Cubans. Add to that thesentiments of exiles and one can struggle to navigate these waters andformulate clear opinions. One is constantly meeting people inunexpected positions with extraordinary education. Ag engineers andentomologists breeding beneficial insects for organic farms in old sodabottles under palapa huts, PhD of Latin American literature checkingyou into your hotel, or a university professor selling peanuts on thestreet to make ends meet. This film also captures that phenomenon.
What is not confusing, is connecting with Cubans. This filmmaker doesan excellent job of connecting the viewer with the experience of Cubanpeople for them to develop their own opinions based on these stories,history, geopolitics, etc. I was overly excited to provide my ownsupplementary narrative, translations, etc to my patient wife who hasnever visited the island. The footage is unique, following variouspeople over many years. It's the first film of its kind filmed in Cubathat I'm aware of. My wife winced at some of the questions directedtowards people in times of intense struggle, belaboring the narrative abit at what was obviously a difficult situation. The people would haveenjoyed telling their story though, and what a great body of uniquework it has produced as a result of this filmmakers diligence.
Life in Cuba for three struggling families over the course of 45 years, from the cautious optimism of the early 1970s to the harrowing 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union and the 2016 death of Fidel Castro.