Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this basically apolitical but uneven comedy from Cuba, Gloria (Rosita Fornes) is a feisty middle-aged woman determined to get a place to live in the very trying, overcrowded city. Her task is comparable to finding a low-rent apartment in New York, made all the more difficult by her daughter Yolanda (Isabel Santos) who keeps changing plans about where she wants to live (Gloria has every intention of moving in with Yolanda). At first, Yolanda becomes engaged to a terrific graphic artist, and mom wheedles a luxurious place to live out of a susceptible elderly woman. But Yolanda puts her marriage plans on hold when she meets Pepe and causes her mother to begin arranging other housing accommodations. Before long, poor mom has so many housing balls juggling in the air that it is certain they are all going to fall down with a crash. First-time director Juan Carlos Tabioi's opening ideas carry through for at least half of the film, but for some viewers, the repetitive motifs of mother's houses and daughter's beaux may begin to wear thin after awhile.