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Life is to Whistle (1998)

Jose Andrade , Maudelet Badia , Fernando Pérez  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jose Andrade, Maudelet Badia
  • Directors: Fernando Pérez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005TNEW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life is to Whistle" on IMDb

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Where's Cuba? Fernando Perez's colorful tapestry of fantasy and street realism is a troubled love letter to Cuba. Fisherman and musician Luis Alberto Garcia is an abandoned child searching for his mother (aptly named Cuba) in an allegorical journey. He's just one of Perez's orphans, along with a social worker who faints every time she hears the word "sex" and a passionate ballet dancer who promises God her celibacy if she can get the role of Giselle and then falls for her new partner. The metaphorical tales have a tendency to become so abstract they almost dissolve, but the heady sex and throbbing music power it through to the imaginative and sweet climax with magic and color and earthy eroticism. If he never gets an answer to his question, his lush portrait at least sketches his mother country's identity crisis. --Sean Axmaker

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, magical, thoughtful portrait of Cubans today December 25, 2001
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This movie follows several characters during the Dia de Santa Barbara in Habana CUBA, illustrating how even the lives of veritable strangers are often intimately intertwined. This movie was released in selected markets in the US but was never marketed very widely, and it is a shame because it would have been an eye-opener for many and would have brought the beauty of Cuban art to Americans who are ridiculously barred from experiencing this on their own
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it ... March 17, 2003
By Natasya
One of my all-time favorite movies. Dance, sex, voudou, tourists, and a german ecologist intersect in Cuba. A bittersweet commedy with mystical overtones (undertones?) that winds up to a suspenseful conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars la vida es silvar March 15, 2013
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suepr fast the shipping! i was very surprise with that , i mean , super quick , ...
about the movie , ufff , one of my favorite directors of all time : tomas gutierrez alea , great movie here ladies and gents! this is surrealism in a movie one on one ..superb actings by luis alberto garcia among others!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie January 17, 2009
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I am Cuban, so I might be bias, but I loved this movie. It is a bit deep and definitely not an easy watch, one has to actually think in order to enjoy it.
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