Spanning decades of Cuban history, CHICO & RITA is a riot of colour and sounds animated in a brisk, engaging style. A grand reminiscence, we’re shown the transition between the music of Cuba and its incorporation into the swinging Jazz scene of New York.
The love story itself is fairly conventional, but the interwoven nature of the time periods is done with great flourish. The scope is quite impressive, with the renderings of Havana and New York particularly excellent. The music too is infectious, and the almost liquid, simple lines of the images marrying well with the dynamic rhythms.
CHICO AND RITA may not crack entirely new ground, but it’s a lovely glimpse into a love story that’s kept alive despite many miles and many years separating the central characters.