Memorias del Subdesarrollo
1968 / 97m - Cuba
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March 06, 2023


One of the first post-Revolution Cuban films. No doubt it garnered a reputation for that feat alone, people love a good 'first' after all. Add to that the strong political overtones and you have a film built for the ages. I can't say I was terribly impressed, though some above-average cinematography did make it somewhat bearable.

Sergio is a wealthy writer backed by a rich family. His wife and friends all fled to Miami when they had the chance, but Sergio decides to remain in Cuba, the country where he grew up. He looks back at the country's history and reminisces about past events, while a foreign invasion seems more like by the minute.

The film isn't exactly subtle in its political and social message, but that was only to be expected. At least it's not a neo-realist drama, some nice black-and-white cinematography helps to offset some of the less interesting moments. It wasn't enough to let me breeze through the film, but it could've been a lot worse.