Before Night Falls

Before Night Falls
Before Night Falls
  • R
  • 2h 16m
  • 2001
Certified Fresh73%
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Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. He joins Castro's rebels. By 1964, he is in Havana. He meets the wealthy Pepe, an early lover; a love-hate relationship lasts for years. Openly gay behavior is a way to spite the government. His writing and homosexuality get him into trouble: he spends two years in prison, writing letters for other inmates and smuggling out a novel. He befriends Lázaro Gomes Garriles, with whom he lives stateless and in poverty in Manhattan after leaving Cuba in the Mariel boat-lift. When asked why he writes, he replies cheerfully, "Revenge."
© 2000 New Line Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh73%
Critics Consensus: An impressionistic, fragmented look at Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls' imagery manages to evoke a sense of the writer's artistry, and Bardem's strong performance holds the film together. Finally, a biopic done well.
Reviews
Globe and Mail
Fresh

June 17, 2017
BBC.com
Neil Smith
Fresh

June 16, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers
Fresh

In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary.

June 16, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Jay Boyar
Fresh

Clearly this is Bardem's show. And Bardem walks away with it.

June 16, 2017
Washington Post
Michael O'Sullivan
Fresh

It's a struggle not just to make art but to exist, which is itself an art. And to that goal, the c...

June 16, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:January 1, 2001
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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