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Seen through the eyes of a dismally naive peasant who falls in love with a Havana chorus girl, Guaguasi is a mesmerizing view of the Cuban Revolution. As this absurd romance is orchestrated and betrayed by Guaguasi's mentor, the dramatic elements of a love triangle emerge as a compelling metaphor for a country in transition. Cuban director Jorge Ulla (Nobody Listened) handles the story expertly, avoiding turning it into a political tract. Quirky, nearly surreal, and touchingly human, the film perpetuates the myth of Havana in glorious decadence. It also leaves us with a mysterious yet powerful snapshot of one of the most significant events of the 20th Century. "Beautiful, humane, and undogmatic...A moving and disturbing story of sexual innocence and corruption" (Susan Sontag). In Spanish with English subtitles.

Jorge Ulla---Dominican Republic---1979---107 mins.