From the first minute the stunning visuals put a smile on my face. They were however, just barely able to sustain the film for its 90 minute runtime. Sadly, the attention to detail that went into building the film's world was lacking in the development of its characters.
The amorphous animation took time for the eye to accustom but by-and-by embodied a definitive style offering moments of enchantment. The plot was a bit convoluted and cursory, though not necessarily half-hearted or original. The pulsing and jazzy music with the blurry human figures in the dance of love make everything melt into feeling as feet trace and retrace the steps between excitement, lust and heartache.
People seem to forget they are watching the most atrocious telenovelas because it's animated. Nice style and exquisite background, but the two main characters are one-dimensional and unbearable and the story is too predictable. The ending is shockingly bad. I give two stars because I know how difficult and time-consuming animation can be, but this is a pretty dreadful film.
Prerevoltionary Cuba was just awesome: night bars, good music, alcohol and prostitution. Then the communist came and made it such a bad place where great piano players have to polish the shoes of tourists. If you want to get a different perspective, watch Soy Cuba.