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The Cuban (2020)

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Academy award winner Louis Gossett Jr. expands his repertoire of exceptional performances in the role of Luis, an elderly Cuban musician who is brought out of his shell by his care worker, a young Afghan immigrant named Mina. Mina's attempts to get through to Luis, even just to feed him, are futile. That is, until she discovers the music. A poster of Benny More inspires Mina to hum a jazz tune that, to her surprise, ignites a spark inside him. As each day passes the music awakens Luis more and more until the colorful world of his past becomes vibrant and real again. Mina comes into her own as she gets to know him and their friendship blossoms.

Cast

Louis Gossett Jr.
as Luis Garcia
Lauren Holly
as Nurse Baker
Shiva Negar
as Zahra Karzai
Emily Piggford
as Nurse Vella
Gerry Mendicino
as Dr. Rosetti
Jeffrey R. Smith
as Nurse Ronan
Pazz Neglia
as Doorman
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Critic Reviews for The Cuban

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Aside from a few technical quibbles, The Cuban is a fairly pleasant cross-generational, cross-cultural drama.

July 31, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A pleasant, plangent hybrid of culture-clash drama, odd-couple formula and late-life Bucket List bromide.

July 30, 2020 | Full Review…

This genial, well-intentioned movie never quite lands a real emotional punch.

July 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Within a schematic premise that finds two people, at opposite ends of the life cycle, reconnecting with happier times and their true selves, the grace notes are what lift the story from the page.

July 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Perhaps sensing that the rest of his story - mostly focusing around the earnest do-goodery of Golja's aide - falls emotionally flat, Navarretta lavishes attention on his two marquee players, creating tiny moments of poignancy.

July 18, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Cuban is a touching story of a compassionate friendship that grows through music. This film is incredibly timely, especially as the world has its eyes on the realities of long-term care. Highly recommended for all audiences from young to older adults.

September 7, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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