BE­FORE NIGHT FALLS (2000) SBS ONE, 12.10AM, AV15+, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

New York painter/film­maker Ju­lian Schn­abel takes us through rev­o­lu­tion, Ha­vana’s gay sub­cul­ture and life un­der Cas­tro in his vivid but drawnout por­trait of ho­mo­sex­ual Cuban au­thor Reinaldo Are­nas. Javier Bar­dem stars as Are­nas in his Golden Globe and Os­carnom­i­nated per­for­mance, Oliver Martinez features in a sup­port­ing role, and Johnny Depp adds some colour in dual roles of a trans­ves­tite and a Cuban prison guard. Schn­abel’s sto­ry­telling tech­niques are to be ad­mired as the film is clev­erly con­structed to pro­vide a de­tailed pic­ture of Are­nas’ ex­tra­or­di­nary life. ★★★✩

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