El Cuerno De La Abundancia (Horn Of Plenty)
Independent Films, Trailers
The tired Cuban cinema scene wheezes along with one of its latest exports, “Horn of Plenty,” a trying example of “madcap” comedy from vet helmer Juan Carlos Tabio (“Strawberry and Chocolate”). An inheritance sets off an expected flurry of excitement, followed by rekindled resentments and passions in an extended family. Sharp-eyed viewers should spot digs at the absurd injustices Cubans endure, but Tabio and Arturo Arango’s script plays it safe with a taste for kooky characters and stock situations that feels dated. Star Jorge Perugorria may help Ibero-American sales, but this spin won’t match Tabio’s past hits commercially.
Factory worker Bernardo (Perugorria, also providing needless v.o.) finds his burg of Yamaguey turned upside down by news that potentially billions of dollars long stocked away in a British bank belong to him and his Castineiras kin. While his wife Marthica (Annia Bu) dreams of home improvements with the windfall, his stubborn, hardline pro-Castro dad (Enrique Molina) smells a Yankee conspiracy and refuses to sign the required paperwork. Bernardo’s factory colleague Zobeida (Laura De La Luz) exploits events to launch an affair with him, leading to many desperate strokings of the funny bone.
Year of Production: 2008
Length: 107 minutes
- Juan Carlos Tabio
- Camilo Vives, Mariela Besuievsky, Gerardo Herrero
- Jorge Perugorría, Laura de la Uz, Yoima Valdés, Mirtha Ibarra, Vladimir Cruz
Miami International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival