Chico & Rita
As promised our next Rialto Recommends is CHICO & RITA which like A Cat In Paris was one of two foreign language animated films nominated at the 84th Academy Awards in 2011 for Best Animated Feature. CHICO & RITA is a Spanish adult animated music romantic film with Spanish and English languages directed by Tono Errando, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal. The story of CHICO & RITA is set against backdrops of Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Paris in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey—in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero—brings heartache and torment. The New York Times raved "Sexy, sweet and laced with a sadness at once specific to its place and time and accessible to anyone with a breakable heart, "Chico & Rita" is an animated valentine to Cuba and its music." While Salon said "A dazzling and delightful work of modernist animation, a classic movie romance and a hip-swinging, finger-popping tale of musical revolution..." CHICO & RITA is streaming on AmazonPrime, Hoopla, Kanopy and RealEyz. It is available to rent for a modest fee from Apple and Amazon HERE. Please be aware that just because CHICO & RITA is animated does not mean it is suitable for children. It is intended for adults as it deals with adult subject matter and situations.