Movie Review: 'Before Night Falls' (2000) Julian Schnabel's lyrical and wounding biographical epic may be the first dramatic feature to take us deep inside the lush, crumbling fortress of Fidel Castro's… 2001-01-26 2000-12-22 R PT125M Drama Javier Bardem Johnny Depp Andrea Di Stefano Diego Luna Olivier Martinez Sean Penn Grandview Pictures Fine Line Features Warner Home Video
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'Before Night Falls' (2000)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Jan 26, 2001; Limited Release: Dec 22, 2000; Rated: R; Length: 125 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Javier Bardem; Distributors: Fine Line Features and Warner Home Video

Julian Schnabel's lyrical and wounding biographical epic may be the first dramatic feature to take us deep inside the lush, crumbling fortress of Fidel Castro's Cuba. As the gay novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas, who became a prisoner of the Castro regime, Javier Bardem, wearing a melancholy half-smile as ambiguous as the Mona Lisa's, carries himself with a mournful, catlike tentativeness. The film zigzags before us in a manner as heady and unpredictable as it must have felt to the man who lived it. A

Originally posted Jan 19, 2001 Published in issue #578 Jan 19, 2001 Order article reprints