Ernesto Daranas’s debut feature Behavior has impressed audiences by taking on taboo topics and revealing the less picturesque realities of life in Cuba. Eleven-year-old Chala (Armando Valdes Freire) lives with his mother Sonia (Yuliet Cruz), an addict who provides for the two of them by raising carrier pigeons. School affords a stabilizing force thanks to his teacher Carmela (Alina Rodríguez). When another teacher sends Chala to live in a “reeducation” facility, Carmela is determined to take on the system to get him back. Poignant, political, and socially aware, Behavior is an eye-opening experience for those who love Cuba and Cuban cinema.


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Director
Ernesto Daranas
Released
2014
Language
Spanish with English subtitles
Country
Cuba
Running Time
108 minutes
Format
DCP, Color