Before night falls

Arenas believed the great betrayal in his life was by Fidel Castro. The balloon actually makes one brief flight.

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Other notables include Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco as the youthful Arenas' mentor; Wincott, seizing a rare break from gravel-voiced heavies, is great as a writer tormented into publicly denouncing his friends; and Penn has a strange cameo as a cackling old peasant.

The subsequent crackdown on counter-revolutionaries is emotively conveyed, as writers, dreamers and gays, lumped together as dissidents, endure brutalisation and concoct tragicomic escape attempts.

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The subsequent crackdown on counter-revolutionaries is emotively conveyed, as writers, dreamers and gays, lumped together as dissidents, endure brutalisation and concoct tragicomic escape attempts. Terrific: poetic, moving and uplifting. Arenas was an outcast and for seven years a prisoner in Cuba -- until , when he took advantage of the boat exodus for criminals, gays, the mentally ill, and others considered unfit to be Cubans. He should have won. Reinaldo finds ways to keep writing and get his pages out. Did this episode actually happen? But it's a winning performance from Bardem, none the less. Advertisement The film contains two more convincing homosexual characters, both played by Johnny Depp : Lt. Victor, a sleek, tight-trousered military officer, and "Bon Bon," a flamboyant transvestite who struts through Castro's prisons and proves incredibly useful by smuggling out one of Arenas' manuscripts, concealing it in that place where most of us would be most inconvenienced by a novel, however brilliant. It's also a curiously apolitical movie. There must have been a lot of gay men in Cuba who didn't make their lives as impossible as Arenas did. Other notables include Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco as the youthful Arenas' mentor; Wincott, seizing a rare break from gravel-voiced heavies, is great as a writer tormented into publicly denouncing his friends; and Penn has a strange cameo as a cackling old peasant.

He should have won. Share via Email Javier Bardem has received golden reviews for his portrayal of exiled Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas in Julian Schnabel's lavish and emotionally generous biopic.

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Arenas believed the great betrayal in his life was by Fidel Castro. He doesn't play Arenas as a gay man so much as a man whose body fits like the wrong suit of clothes. I would like to think that it did. Bardem's wonderful work - humorous, ardent, noble - didn't just deserve that "surprise" Oscar nomination. There is no sequence more startling than one where Arenas stumbles onto a ragtag commune of refuseniks and finds that in the roofless ruin of an old cathedral they are building a hot-air balloon with which they hope to float to Florida. Arenas is never shown thinking or writing or talking about any of his experiences, despite his status as political prisoner. One would not say he seeks misery, but he wears it like a badge of honor, and we can see his mistakes approaching before he does. He just seems a bullied hedonist and - on the basis of this - a slightly vapid poet. It doesn't help that he's a homosexual. Terrific: poetic, moving and uplifting. Advertisement The film contains two more convincing homosexual characters, both played by Johnny Depp : Lt. The balloon actually makes one brief flight. Reinaldo finds ways to keep writing and get his pages out. Victor, a sleek, tight-trousered military officer, and "Bon Bon," a flamboyant transvestite who struts through Castro's prisons and proves incredibly useful by smuggling out one of Arenas' manuscripts, concealing it in that place where most of us would be most inconvenienced by a novel, however brilliant. He also knows how to party; with Havana in the heady days of post-Revolutionary promise a vibrant, seedy kaleidoscope of joyous self-discovery, dancers and lovers.
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