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Melaza (Molasses). 2012. Cuba/France/Panama. Written and directed by Carlos Lechuga. With Yuliet Cruz, Armando Miguel Gómez, Luis Antonio Gotti. In Spanish; English subtitles. 80 min.
When the town sugar mill is shut down, a young couple, Aldo and Mónica, are pushed to the point of desperation as they struggle to preserve their personal passions and principles. While this could have become an overwrought drama, Carlos Lechuga’s debut film defies its title by being neither sickly sweet nor oppressively dark, instead offering sharply drawn characters, a subtle wit, and an understated, sensitive style.
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