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Product Details

  • Actors: Rupert Evans, Derek Jacobi
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Trinity Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017DQFCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ron Braithwaite on August 19, 2008
Format: DVD
This movie is a surreal criticism of the tortures that are--according to Hollywood--taking place in Guantanamo. The main character, a supposed terrorist suspect washed out of Guantanamo during a storm, is rescued by a beautiful night club dancer who invites him to live on with her platonically. The whole thing is a bit much for Ali, our middle-eastern Muslim now in sensuous Cuba. He is both appalled and attracted by the girl's life style. He, of course, doesn't drink and is jerked back and forth by flashbacks of his Guantanamo tortures and his sexual dreams about his saviouress, Maria.

Ali is also full of repressed desire and guilt, also brought forth by his brutal interrogation. Finally, the girl, who herself can stand it no longer, takes Ali to bed and tries to get him out of the country...but...she's hit by a car.

Ali, meanwhile, living in a world increasingly surreal, sees himself, alternately, as both the tortured and the torturer. Reality comes back quickly now and he recognizes himself as an Army interrogator involved in the suicide of a terror suspect. Guilt-ridden he cuts his wrists to be sent home to his wife....who just happens to be the beautiful Maria.

Ron Braithwaite author of novels--"Skull Rack" and "Hummingbird God"--on the Spanish Conquest of Mexico
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By Highway319 on November 11, 2012
Format: DVD
I happened to see Guantanmero, almost by accident. I found it depressing annd confusing but also found myself thinking about it some time after...what was really happening?
My husband thought that Guido may have been Manuela's father. I wondered if Manuela and the prisioner where husband and wife all along. It makes sense when you think that Manuela's brother just dropped him off with his sister; as if he belonged there. Do brothers often leave suspicious strangers in their sister's homes? There was a little boy who kept showing up and was being embraced by the man in the closing scene. Could this have been his son?
Finding out that he was an American soldier and not an Afghan prisioner was wierd. The skinny woman who enjoyed torturing so much was of some importance to the whole story...but there was no develoment to that part of the story. She was just there, being horrible from start to finish. How many soldiers are like that, I wonder?
Still, I don't think I want to watch it again. Even though the music and dancing were good, It was just too depressing, and I just know that re-watching will not answer my questions.
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By P.W. on January 19, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
I hate not to be able to comment on the merits of the film, but as of this writing (1/19/13), once you get past the part where the name of the movie is shown (I believe the term is "title sequence"), the audio and video on the streaming version are noticeably out of sync. I got the same result both with my Roku player and with watching the movie in my browser. I would love to be able to watch the whole movie, but I couldn't watch more than about 5-10 minutes without having to skip ahead, and I stopped less than an hour in.
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