Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 6.9/10 (1,865 voted)
Critic's Score: 74/100
Stars: Eman Xor Oña, Limara Meneses, Mario Guerra
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.
Writers: Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, Fernando Trueba
Eman Xor Oña
Blanca Rosa Blanco
Jackie de la Nuez
(as Jakie de la Nuez)
Release Date: 19 November 2010
Filming Locations: Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: £81,172
(21 November 2010)
(19 February 2012)
Did You Know?
In order to help accurately represent 1940s era Cuba, Javier Mariscal undertook an extensive research trip to Cuba and was able to view government archive photographs from 1949.
That's Chico. Unknown, but he's the hottest piano player in Cuba.
Chico & Rita is a sublime and highly original animated film. It is a
very adult film with some animated adult situations. Set in Cuba just
before and the years after the revolution, it tells the story of Chico,
a talented jazz pianist and Rita, a beautiful singer. Through the story
of this couple's turbulent love affair over these years, where Rita
finds fame and fortune in US and Chico goes through some hard times, we
also get a brief history of both Cuba and jazz music. The animation is
wonderfully evocative and colorful and as for the music; well if you
are a fan of jazz or Latin American music you are going to fall in love
with this movie. Highly recommended.