Film Review: The Oceans Are the Real Continents – A poetic escapade into Cuban life

Italian film director Tommaso Santambrogio’s debut feature, The Oceans Are the Real Continents, takes you on an exhilarating journey to the vibrant world of Cuba.

Set against the backdrop of a captivating yet crumbling Cuba, this film follows the whirlwind romance of Alex and Edith as they navigate love, longing, and the call of distant shores.

Santambrogio’s expert direction brings Cuba to life in all its vivid glory, blending gritty realism with poetic beauty. Cinematographer Lorenzo Casadio Vannucci captures every corner of the island in stunning black-and-white detail, like stepping into a timeless photograph.

Film The Oceans Are the Real Continents - A poetic escapade into Cuban life.png

The story unfolds in three captivating tales, each exploring the theme of exile in modern Cuba. From the heartache of a young couple torn apart by dreams of a brighter future abroad to the soul-searching of an elderly widow, The Oceans Are the Real Continents paints a vivid portrait of Cuban life in all its complexity.

What sets this film apart is its ability to evoke both emotion and wonder. Despite the challenges depicted on screen, there’s an irresistible charm to Cuba’s tropical landscapes and vibrant culture.

Drawing inspiration from cinematic classics like “I Am Cuba,” Santambrogio offers a fresh perspective on the timeless theme of exile. Through the eyes of his characters, we witness the struggle between longing for adventure and staying rooted in one’s homeland.

As the characters grapple with their own sense of displacement, The Oceans Are the Real Continents celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. Whether it’s the dreams of two young boys chasing baseball glory or the quiet strength of a woman revisiting her past, this film captures the essence of Cuban identity in a changing world.

In a world where boundaries blur and identities shift, The Oceans Are the Real Continents offers a poignant reflection on the universal quest for belonging. So, grab your popcorn, dive into the beauty and complexity of Cuba’s shores, and let this film sweep you away on an unforgettable adventure.

You can watch it at Cine Lumiere during the Cinema Made in Italy festival 2024.

Facebook Comments