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  • Summary: Trapped in the nervous desperation of Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. When accused of assault, his only option is to flee. He begs his best friend, Elio, to abandon everything and help him reach the forbidden land 90 miles across the ocean. Elioâ
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jul 29, 2013
    91
    There’s a youthful energy running through Una Noche that threatens to overwhelm, from it’s sun-kissed first image to its final moments on the sands of the beach.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Aug 23, 2013
    88
    Despite the bleak-ness of the situation, the film vibrates with color, noise, music, ferocious arguments (both serious and teasing), and eye-catching snapshots of everyday life in Havana.
  3. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 22, 2013
    80
    The energy, thrum and heartache of modern Havana keep this teen drama afloat when it just as easily could have drifted into cliché waters.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 22, 2013
    70
    For all its flaws, the movie, filmed with nonprofessional actors, is steadily gripping.
  5. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Sep 13, 2013
    70
    Moving performances from Una Noche's charismatic non-pro cast, Mulloy's keen eye for visual detail and stunning cinematography by Trevor Forrest and Shlomo Godder of Cuba's turquoise water exploding against the sea wall offer a compelling portrait.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jul 29, 2013
    63
    Una Noche tugged at my heartstrings, but the film's almost phantasmagoric fixation on sex can feel crass and dehumanizing.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Aug 20, 2013
    40
    Documentarian Anailín Lucy Mulloy’s eye for the decaying textures of modern Cuba on the ground is sharp, and there are passages—as the dull characters mope and kill time and work up snits—in which you wish the movie were simply nonfiction. As it is, everything feels fake except the Centro Habana barrios themselves.

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  1. Lyn
    Mar 16, 2014
    5
    I admired the atmospherics in this film, a contrast to the Cuban government-sponsored journalistic forays I've read about. ("Look at the architecture and old cars! Sip the rum! Smoke the cigars!") This gives you a more gritty look at the Cuba that a lot of people still want to escape. But the acting is heavy on sincerity, lighter on skill. You will NOT be surprised to read that the director employed nonprofessionals. Also, the rather histrionic sexual subplots felt layered on for effect. It's nicely filmed, though, and engaging. Expand

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