In a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet, the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences. Malu is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito's mother a poor socialist proud of her family's social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malu and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malu's mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malu's father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it.
Director Malberti has a simple, unfussy style that reflects his young heroes' clear-eyed naivete, and even if the road-movie trajectory of the plot is obvious, Viva Cuba
should hold interest for viewers of all ages. --Adam Nayman, Eye Weekly
[With Viva Cuba
] Cremata has succeeded in moving beyond nationalism to reach a universal audience. --Associated Press
The backdrop of Cuban politics seen through childrens eyes, a touching adventure road movie for all ages. --Justin Deimen, movieXclusive.com