Director: Olivier Assayas
Year Released: 2019
René González (Edgar Ramírez), a Chicago-born pilot living in Havana with his wife Olga (Penélope Cruz) and their daughter, sneaks away to Miami to keep a close watch on anti-Cuban groups (especially the Cuban American National Foundation) that are organizing there and plotting attacks against Castro's regime. This has Assayas back in the whole world of international intrigue (which he pulled off wonderfully with Carlos) and while that warm fellow-feeling is still present, the way it's presented is a absolute jumble, as if someone accidentally hit the "Randomizer" button in the editing room. Making a film of the Cuban Five - which included Gerardo Hernández, played by Gael García Bernal - sounds, on paper, like it should be compelling, but with this, it's unclear what's happening from moment to moment and who's on what "side." Maybe he just needed more time and a collaborator ... Carlos was five and a half hours long, after all.