The story is framed by Chico's life in modern-day Havana, where the Castro revolution has left him as a shoeshiner. He's re-discovered by a Buena Vista Social Club-style documentary crew and real-life singer Morente, which sparks the story's moving final chapter. Rather then focus on the time period, the big social issues or the music itself, the filmmakers put the characters at the heart of the film, which keeps us hugely involved right from the start.
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Rita is a young singer from Havana just waiting for her big break, she has a beautiful voice and one night it attracts the attention of Chico, a talented songwriter whose immediately enamoured with by Rita. So begins their love story, as fame finally seems to be finding Rita goes to New York to persue her career as a singer. Much like the Latin ballad, the bolero their story isn't quite as straight forward as they wish. Music unites the couple but it also brings them both heartache and torment.
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