The film is filled with the stunning views of the sea, beautiful local music and the warmth of pubs filled with singing, dancing, fumes of Cuban cigars and flows of rum. It will give you the taste of another, dark side of Havana, too – with prostitution and poverty that most Cubans live in.
The film is made up of the seven separate stories, each courtesy of a different director, including Julio Medem, Laurent Cantet, Juan Carlos Tabío, Benicio del Toro, Gaspar Noe, Pablo Trapero and Elia Suleiman. For this array of styles and stories critics have called the film “woefully inconsistent.” But there is a certain charm in that.
The first episode brings you to Havana with a U.S. tourist called Teddy, who, like many visitors, is desperate for clubbing, drinking and picking up girls. Teddy’s hopes for fun are dashed as the girl he finally manages to get into his hotel room turns out to be a transvestite.