A light-hearted and high-spirited story, full of spice, sensuality and romance, Viva Zapato tells the tale of Dolores, a beautiful Cuban dancer who decides to leave her failing marriage and...
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A light-hearted and high-spirited story, full of spice, sensuality and romance, Viva Zapato tells the tale of Dolores, a beautiful Cuban dancer who decides to leave her failing marriage and open a restaurant by the beach with her aunt from Brazil. When her aunt sends her a pair of shoes instead of the money to start up the restaurant, she angrily sells the useless gift for spare change. Her dream fades away - until she discovers that the money was hidden in the heel. The zany search for the shoes begins, as she follows the footsteps through the lively streets of Havana, running into the quirky, colorful characters that bring Viva Zapato and Dolore's dream.Written by
I agree this movie was not the best but it did keep me watching (and the fact that I am of Cuban descent probably played a role). The story was weak, confusing and almost unorganized. It's obvious early on that the movie is far from absolute truth yet it almost shows some unspoken truths.
I didn't quite get who Mercedez was in relation to Dolores or what Mercedez was doing with all the bottles. It appeared towards the end that Mercedez was selling her urine because she was a diabetic and others would get some sort of benefit (medical disability?) by using her urine as their own to be labeled as a diabetic. Still wondering about that...
I thought the reporter was hysterical with her obsession with the Cuban men. I was surprised she left the country. It seemed all the actors were portrayed as dumb/wacky except for Delores, Jose and Mercedez. I thought Jose did an okay job (definitely not the best man for the job though). I enjoyed the fowl language used by the woman of the town as it reminded me of how my grandfather spoke in his Cuban rhetoric! ONE thing the film did leave me with was the desire to research the cultural aspects of Cuba and Brazil.
If you like a little fantasy and like to watch a little culture then I recommend checking it out.
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