Thank you Netflix. For exposing me to more and more good stuff. This Cuban movie released in 2005 follows three different families and their day to day struggles. You get a beautiful view into the real Cuba with its worn out cities and tropical dreamscape. All three sets of storylines are great. But the one that really pushes the sad ending is that of Santos. Santos decided to leave his problems and his family when his son was an infant. For years, his son imagines the day his father would return. Then one day, Santos finds the courage to return, he finds his son playing baseball. Watch the clip to see what happens on the field.
You can buy it on Amazon.
The first time I saw it I thought it was a great movie, like everyone else. But the second time I saw it, over ten years later, I realized that not only is the screenplay amazing, and the movie well paced, but that the soundtrack was extremely important to its success. Watch this clip and see the emotional climax at 2:50. The music takes it over the top into an emotional frenzy for a brief moment. This movie has moved up my list of favorite all time movies to number 2, right behind Casablanca…speaking of which, the similarities are uncanny. Pre-WWII love affair that ends tragically, with Nazis thrown about. Loyalty, cheating, and most of all, a man keeping his honor above all else. They just don’t make em like this anymore.