Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and Spain's most famous designer, Javier Mariscal, create a passionate, animated Cuban love story. In the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero, the film follows two young lovers who are united in music and romantic desire, but their journey -- Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas -- brings heartache and torment.
Cuban pianist and bandleader Bebo Valdès, who actually sat at the piano and led the orchestra at the Tropicana Club in Havana, wrote the music score and plays on the soundtrack. (2010, 93 min, 35mm)
This film is part of the From Muppets to Metal Music Movies film series. As holiday mayhem descends upon us, this five-part series of music movies will sometimes lift your spirits, sometimes hurt your ears, but mostly will entertain, challenge and inspire you.