La Partida (The Last Match) – *(*)

Posted: May 4, 2015 in 2013, Cuba, LGBT themed, Romance, Spain, X1/2

Life is shit in Cuba.

This is the main feeling you get after watching this drama made with Spanish money and filmed in Puerto Rico.

Two friends, who often meet playing soccer together, feel attracted to each other, but can’t really share their love with the outside world. Yosvani lives with his girlfriend in her father’s comfortable house: Reinier lives with his wife and baby and mother-in-law in a shabby apartment. The latter is the most interesting character: gambler and soccer player by day, prostitute by night. Too bad the actor (and the director) didn’t make him more compelling and appealing. The former is less interesting: a troubled closeted and naive dreamer. Strangely enough he gets all the sympathy.

The story is captivating and shocking at times (the mother-in-law acts like a pimp and encourages Reinier to go fuck rich Europeans and bring home the money) and it’s okay to show the reality of the popular tourist destination, but in order to digest it well you need humor at times and some action. There are some moments of fun (at the fair and at the beach), but the sadness outweighs the happiness.

If you want to feel miserable watching other people be miserable, then this is your movie!

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