Length: 94 mins
Region: Region B
Released: 9 May 2011
Cat No: CMNX70003
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Screen ratio 1:1.78
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Chico and Rita
A collaboration between Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and Spanish designer Javier Mariscal, this animated feature is set in the... Read More
This collaboration between Spanish director Fernando Trueba and the illustrator Javier Mariscal is as close to a fully-fledged musical as the animated form has come since Disney’s golden age – but its methods are altogether adult, setting out a love story with an eye for pop-cultural detail as assured as its grasp on the ways of the human heart. The title characters first meet in 1940s Cuba. He’s a pianist with busy hands. She’s a sexy nightclub singer. Onstage, the two are an ideal match; offstage, Chico’s womanising makes matters far less harmonious.
From Chico’s fumble through Stravinsky’s “Ebony Concerto” to the salsa rhythms of a Vegas ballroom, the music drives the action. Trueba keeps up a tempo to match his characters’ palpitating hearts, but proves alert to the affecting nuances that suggest both a weight of life experience and something more cinematic besides: that, as Pixar’s Up proposed, animation is infinitely better suited to conveying the passing of time than the bad wigs of so much live-action cinema. A gorgeous film.