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Before Night Falls Add Article. Before Night Falls Critics Consensus An impressionistic, fragmented look at Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls' imagery manages to evoke a sense of the writer's artistry, and Bardem's strong performance holds the film together. Want to see. Super Reviewer. View All Photos 5. Movie Info. This is the story of Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas. Raised in the Oriente Province of Cuba in the s, Arenas began his life-long love of the sea and water. Leaving home as a young adolescent, he moves to Havana where he finds himself swept up in the revolutionary spirit and joins a circle of writers and artists.
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His first novel, "Singing from the Well," is published in Cuba, but as Castro's oppressive regime gathers force, Arenas' homosexuality and political writing make him a target. After being falsely accused of molestation, Arenas is arrested and imprisoned at El Morro. Eventually released from prison after dehumanizing treatment, Arenas flees Cuba in the Mariel Harbor boatlift. Julian Schnabel.
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May 22, Javier Bardem as Reinaldo Arenas. Olivier Martinez as Lazara Gomez Carriles. Hector Babenco as Virgilio Pinera. Johnny Depp as Lt. Andrea Di Stefano as Pepe Malas.
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Sean Penn as Cuco Sanchez. Michael Wincott as Heberto Zorilla Ochoa. Olatz Lopez Garmendia as Reinaldo's Mother. Vito Maria Schnabel as Teenage Reinaldo. Najwa Nimri as Fina Zorilla Ochoa. Jerzy Skolimowski as Professor. Batan Silva as Reinaldo's Father. Lo Bails on the "Dallas" Flick. Feb 23, Full Review…. May 10, Rating: 1.
Apr 30, Rating: B Full Review…. Jul 25, Rating: 2. But the film has curious flaws, notably a couple of bizarre vanity cameos from Sean Penn, as a Cuban mule driver, and Johnny Depp who - in the spirit of Ed Wood Jr - plays two roles: a prison drag-queen and an army lieutenant.
It's also a curiously apolitical movie. Bafflingly, Arenas is never shown reflecting on the repressive nature of the Castro regime. One minute he is hanging on the words of a visiting Russian lecturer on collectivist economics, the next he is thrown in jail as a gay man. So does Arenas have a political dark night of the soul? Did gays have more freedom under Batista? Had Schnabel focused more intently on this period, or Arenas' formative years, or his nightmarish decade in Miami and New York, the writer's story might have been more affecting.
But the birth-to-death treatment is sloppy and disorganized, with little continuity over time and supporting players dropping in and out of sight. The A. Scott Tobias. Share This Story. The Root.