Lejania (1986)

Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - Cuba  |  
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Lejania is a poetic title that underscores an unstated sense of loss through separation -- though what is exactly lost in this drama is the twist. The 26-year-old Reinaldo and his wife wait in their apartment in Havana for a visit from his mother (Veronica Lynn), a longtime resident of Miami, and his cousin Ana (Isabel Santos) who lives in New York. The mother arrives loaded down with gifts -- a very Latin custom. But there are insurmountable differences between life in the U.S. and life in the embargo-plagued economy of Cuba where the son's old values clash with his mother's acquired views.