Nada + (Nothing More)
Directed by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti
available on Amazon Prime
Nada + takes place in Havan, Cuba. The main character, Carla is a lonely twenty-something who has a monotonous job postmarking mail at the post office. One day she decides to take one of the letters home, reads it, decides to rewrite it with more passion, then sends it to the original intended recipient. Soon this develops into an obsession as she “borrows” and rewrites more letters. The problem is, reading other peoples mail is a crime and the new postmaster is a militant dictator.
Havana, of course, makes a beautiful background for this romantic comedy. The film is all about contrasts – Carla’s desire to go to Miami to be free vs. stay in dictatorial Cuba; the main characters are relatable while the secondary characters are comedically exaggerated; the film is in black and white with a colored accent every now and then. Carla’s re-writing of the letters contains all of the passion you would expect from Latin America, however their narration sometimes slows the movie down.
I have not seen any other films from Cuba as far as I can remember – and I really enjoyed the non-Hollywood style of Nada +. It was a refreshing, funny and visually beautiful representation of a fairly simple story.
IMDB gave it a 6.8 out of 10. I give it an 8.