Chico & Rita (Trueba, Mariscal & Errando, 2010)



What's it about? An animated drama which starts off in Cuba as elderly musician Chico recalls the passionate love affair he had with seductive singer Rita back in the 1940s, as they experienced the music hotspots of Havana, New York and Paris.

Is it any good? I wanted to like this more than I did. The animation is distinctive, the soundtrack is an infectious mix of Cuban and American jazz from the 40s and 50s, and the passion of the filmmakers for this era, this music and the exotic locations is clearly apparent. However, the central love story is rather bland and is (quite literally) drawn too simply, meaning it's a film that might get your toes tapping and your travel-bug biting, but is unlikely to get your heart racing.

Anything else I should know? The production process and intensive research put in by the directors makes for more interesting material than the film itself. A lot of background information can be found at the movie's excellent website www.chicoandrita.com. Below, we have Javier Mariscal explaining some of the inspirations behind the film.


What does the Fonz think? The animation and music is enough to gain a thumb up.





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