Chico & Rita

A love letter to the Jazz age. A tale of thwarted love and ambition. A Spanish/UK co-production that manages to capture the big emotions and themes of the post-war era in a sumptuous animated and scored film. It should, if there is any justice, do well in the box-office. Certainly there was a sizeable audience when I saw this bitter-sweet romance.

Havana, present day, Chico works as a shoe-shiner for a living. After work he goes home and turns on the radio to hear an old song he composed. This sparks off a series of memories from his youth in Havana in 1948 and his subsequent travels, tours and the tragic romantic and career situations that have lead him to his present fortunes.

(Warning: This trailer gives away WAAAAY too much but shows off the animation.).

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