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80 minutes · 2013
Set in a depressed Cuban village, this gentle comedy centers on a young married couple trying to maintain a happy life despite the misfortune all around them. The movie transpires mainly in the sort of unemphatic long takes familiar from much recent art cinema, and the humor can be gratingly precious (the schoolteacher husband gives swimming lessons in an empty pool). Yet the sweet-tempered tone feels sincere, the performers are appealing, and some of the visual compositions suggest the beginnings of an idiosyncratic style. The first feature by writer-director Carlos Lechuga, this inspires hope for a second. In Spanish with subtitles.

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