Review: ‘Cayo’

"Cayo" is a creaky screenplay that wants to be a novel. First pic to be funded by the Puerto Rico film commission is a notable project for the island's nascent film community, though not remotely as interesting as such past Puerto Rican indie works as "24 Hours."

Weighted down with incidents, melodrama and flashbacks galore, “Cayo” is a creaky screenplay that wants to be a novel. First pic to be funded by the Puerto Rico film commission is a notable project for the island’s nascent film community, though not remotely as interesting as such past Puerto Rican indie works as “24 Hours.” Observing a cancer-ridden husband living his final six months is only the start of this excessively busy saga, which will draw tepid interest from niche Latino fests.

Ivan (Carlos Esteban Fonseca), with little time to live, returns to his and his wife Julia’s (Idalia Perez Garay) getaway place on Culebra Island. Memories of youth take over, with young Ivan (Kamar de los Reyes), Julia (Roselyn Sanchez) and pal Kike (Ivan Castillo) enjoying a three-way friendship and Ivan and Julia falling in love before Ivan is shipped off to Vietnam. Past emotional scars, as the overheated drama shows, heal all too slowly.

Cayo

Puerto Rico

Production

A Producciones Paractuar presentation. (International sales: Producciones Paractuar, San Juan, Puerto Rico.) Produced by Pedro Muniz, Ineabelle Colon. Directed by Vicente Juarbe. Screenplay, Ineabelle Colon, Pedro Muniz.

Crew

Camera (Deluxe color), Milton Grana; editor, Alfonso Boreell; production designer, Guifre Tort, Elizabeth Calienes. Reviewed at Palm Springs Film Festival (Awards Buzz), Jan. 12, 2006. Spanish, English dialogue. Running time: 111 MIN.

With

Roselyn Sanchez, Idalia Perez Garay, Kamar de los Reyes, Carlos Esteban Fonseca, Ivan Camilo, Jose Felix Gomez, Ineabelle Colon, Aris Mejias, Raul Carbonell.
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