Chico and Rita

I’ll happily admit I’m truly rubbish when it comes to watching foreign language films. They’re not boring, I’m not lacking in the intelligence to understand them, and I’m sure given a bit of practise I would get used to the whole being able to read the subtitles without getting distracted. I don’t have time to watch everything I guess, and this, as far as my brain goes, is my blind spot. My friend Naomi doesn’t like animated films. I think she finds them creepy. I need to lock her in a room and make her watch ‘Up.’

So it’s a big thumbs up to myself (well done me) for heading down to see new Spanish animated film ‘Chico and Rita’. I probably wouldn’t have noticed it had it not had a gorgeous animated poster on the tube which featured the words ‘COLE PORTER’ in large letters. Set in pre-revolution Havana, the story centres around a relationship between two musicians and the pivotal point in jazz music where it exploded into an international scene. At times it’s really beautiful and listening to jazz in the context of this film makes the music make more sense than it ordinarily would.


Much recommended.

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