Review of new film: Marti, the Eye of the Canary

The finely drawn relationship between father and son mirrors the conflict between the Spanish colonial power and the suffering Cuban people.

Perez' technique:giving actors freedom to interpret their own role is reflected successfully by the two young actors playing Marti.

A further unusual aspect of the film, is the director dispensing with a musical sound track so that the audience instead become aware of the sounds experienced by Marti; birdsong in the forest, street noises, the sudden overwhelming experiemce of hearing an opera rehearsal, a powerful way of illustrating Marti's love of nature, music and his fellow beings, all part of his journey in pursuit of social justice.

Ann Cross

For details of London screening of 'Marti el ojo del canario/Marti the eye of the canary' 25 September click here