THE CUBAN

REVIEWS

"A testament to the power of music, The Cuban is a movie that hits an emotional note with an engaging burst of energy through the synergy of the nurse-patient relationship."

Starry Constellation Magazine, July 30, 2020

"The plot moves through storyline verses of love and conflict, choruses of musical connection to life, a climatic bridge and final verse of sadness, joy and a plot twist."

Indie Pulse Music, July 6, 2020

"Honestly, it is so refreshing to see a film about jazz musicians that has confidence in the audience to appreciate the music they play. Very highly recommended."

Unseen Films, July 31, 2020

"The Cuban is a beautiful and heartwarming film about compassion, fulfillment, and friendship. The stellar cast makes it snap, crackle and pop."

Alliance of Women Film Journalists, July 30, 2020

"Director Sergio Navarretta... understands the number one key of a great film, keep it simple. The film he made is by no means simple [...] a tough story with a lot of emotions to balance, but along with his shot choice and overall understanding of the 'bigger picture,' he did it."

Rich Girl Network TV, July 24, 2020

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"[...] this is a glorious movie, a perfect happiness pill for today’s world of hurt and our current enforced isolation from one another."

Silver Disobedience, August 8, 2020

"It calls to all to live each day to its fullest, enjoy life, love, and most of all music. A profound story."

Haught-Lifestyle, August 5, 2020

"This is a film about how we treat elderly citizens in this country, how their stories and histories, once rich and intricate, fade away without someone to remember or care" 

Buffalo Rising,  August 03, 2020

"Sergio Navarretta’s new film, 'The Cuban,' is the use of vivid and vibrant images that put us in the headspace of the title character’s failing mind." 

Next Best PictureAugust 3, 2020

"[...] The Cuban is little bit of an updated Driving Miss Daisy (1989) for a modern crowd."

Times of San Diego, August 1, 2020

" The movie delivers precisely what it promises: some good music, a few tears, and ultimately an uplifting message, often in the hands of veteran performers [...]"

Living Out Loud,  August 1, 2020

"'The Cuban' has touched my heart and soul in many levels ... [with] minimal but yet effective scene shots that add to the intimacy of the movie" 

Living Out Loud,  August 1, 2020

"[...] one for viewers to remember how many stories remain untold and to feel inspired to tell them." 

Film SwoonJuly 31, 2020

"Sergio Navarretta‘s direction is quite steady [...] some intriguing nuances to several of the secondary characters." 

Entertainment Today,  July 31, 2020

"[...] there really is such emotional promise to the bond between Mina and Luis, played with such bittersweet authenticity [...]"

MarkReviewsMovies,  July 30, 2020

"The Cuban is a pleasant buddy flick with an immigrant subplot and a lesson about staying true to your passions"

ChickFlixJuly 30, 2020

"I was moved. On several fronts. The story itself was beautiful [...]"

Sydney Levine, July 28, 2020

"We’d suggest making your day with The Cuban [...]"

The Savvy Screener, July 29, 2020

"A simple yet heart-warming story of an octogenarian musician and a young care home employee who forge a friendship through a shared connection with Cuban music."

The Movie Isle, July 28, 2020

"[...] the filmmakers let that sound shine, with soulful contributions from composer Hilario Duran and lovely singing by Golja [...]"

The Hollywood Reporter, July 28, 2020

"A total treat for the senses."

Hye's Musings, July 27, 2020

"THE CUBAN benefits from all these complexities as well as some terrific acting, award winning cinematography, and a number of beautiful location shots in Havana."

KPFK Film Club, July 26, 2020

"[...] the jaw-dropping directing and visual style, along with the pitch-perfect cast, and you are left with a compelling drama that is well worth it [...]"

Film Threat, July 21, 2020

"Oscar winner Louis Gossett, Jr and Ana Golja start up an unusual friendship in this story about the magic of music. " 

Hollywood Spotlight Now,  2020

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