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70 Ratings

Return to Ithaca

Retour à Ithaque

Directed by Laurent Cantet
France, 2014


A terrace overlooking Havana, the sunset. Five friends gather to celebrate the return of Amadeo after 16 years of exile. From dusk to dawn, they reminisce about their youth, the group they used to form, the faith they had in the future… but also their disillusionment.

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Return to Ithaca Directed by Laurent Cantet
Cantet composed the script with the Cuban writer Leonardo Padura Fuentes, and the Frenchman’s style is the same fly-on-the-wall approach he used for his most acclaimed movie, 2008’s public-education drama The Class. He fosters this seamless improvisatory air that takes you from eavesdropping to absorption.
September 12, 2014
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…It’s a laborious Havana-set Big Chill in which a handful of former radicals bemoan their current circumstances, trade recriminations, and seemingly begin every other sentence with some variation on the phrase "Remember that time we…?
September 07, 2014
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The film gathers emotional momentum as the cowed rebels finally begin to see themselves and each other for who they are as opposed to who they were, but there’s a fair degree of tedium to wade through before we get there. As yet another character begins a line with the dread words “Do you remember…”, auds may feel less like they’re at a south-of-the-border “Big Chill,” and more like uninvited diners at a soiree where they know none of their fellow guests.
August 31, 2014
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