"Sometimes the biggest dream you can ever imagine is within the life you live"
"Una Noche" is an interesting film telling a dramatic tale of three youths, from the eyes of a young girl named Lila. Lila is just your average girl on the outside, but on the inside she's a thinker an observer. Lila is aware of her desolate Havana surroundings, but that doesn't keep her from focusing on what's most important.
And what's that? That would be her relationship with, Eilo, her brother, who is slowly slipping from her grasp. Can Lila bring him back before it's too late or will Raul lead him to even darker waters? Let's Unhinge...
One Time In Havana
There was an idea that leaving Cuba would be possible, but not by plane. It was by boat and not just any boat, but a vessel built of hope and dreams. Lila's brother, Elio(Florián) would build this boat with the intentions of never using it. Or at least he didn't plan on using it until his friend, Raul initiated a chain of events that would loosen the trios island ties.
Raul(Arrechega) wasn't like Elio nor Lila(Anailían), he was a rebel with a vision and a pit of hopelessness devouring him from the inside. Raul would entice Elio with the idea that leaving the island would solve all of their problems. He tried hard to convince Elio that going to America would be the land of opportunity, no more dead-end jobs, no more grief.
It was a dream that seemed like it would never come to fruition, on it's own. This dream, this desire needed something extra, a catalyst of sorts to speed things along. Well, Raul haphazardly stumbled into a situation that took just an idea to a very real possibility. The only thing stopping his dream from becoming a reality was now the local cops and 90 miles of ocean.
Oh Raul, if only it was that simple...if only...
Drifting In The Open
"Una Noche" is one of those films that takes some unknown, untapped locals and gives them the reins. This simple act allows a compelling story such as "Una Noche" to be told in it's native tongue.
Yep, that's right, you're going to need your glasses for this one..lol This will not be a sit and watch, it's a sit, watch and read, but those are the best because you get two treasures in one. On the one hand, you read a compelling story and on the other you get to see it. What's better than that?
Now if that doesn't wet your whistle, just note that this film received several awards for Lucy Mulloy's creative story, as well as, the eye-catching cinematography laced within the film.
After Watching Una Noche...
One can't help but to wonder, "How many people have tried to escape the limitations set before them?". Now of course, we all strive to push farther than those before us, but at what cost is it too great? How far can one go before there's no turning back?
In short, "Una Noche" is a worthwhile watch containing mild nudity and a young woman's take on escaping reality. You can find this title on Netflix or at your favorite indie rental.