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Waiting List

Juan Carlos Tabio reunites Vladimir Cruz and Jorge Perugorria, who starred in the earlier Strawberry and Chocolate, for this crowd-pleasing 1999 comedy about a group of passengers who spend several days waiting to board a broken-down bus. An old casino abandoned when Castro came to power serves as the film's decrepit bus station, and the panoply of characters ranges from an obese, food-hoarding trader to a young couple initiating a steamy romance. Eventually the passengers decide to fix the bus themselves; as Tabio once told an interviewer, “Problems can only be resolved in a collective way.” But the feel-good communalism is balanced by a strong sense of the absurd (the film makes explicit reference to Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel), and Tabio strikes a fine balance between light comedy, social critique, and almost surreal grotesqueness—at least until the trick ending, which somewhat trivializes the proceedings. 106 min.


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