With such a photogenic location as Cuba to work with, it would appear hard to make a film that’s not at least semi-watchable, but interesting locales are about all one can find to point to in favor of “Ocean,” a dismally turgid if brightly colored slab of melodrama about a hick from the sticks. Pic’s semi-improvised screenplay, hacked up editing and inept thesping isn’t even up to the standards of Latin American telenovelas. Nevertheless, sheer curiosity value about this Russian-Cuban co-prod may make tiny waves on the fest circuit.
Twentysomething fisherman Joel (George Luis Castro, wooden) is crazy about his hottie g.f. Marisol (Janasi Ordonez Dana, decorative), but then she ups and marries some other guy for reasons never quite explained. Distraught, Joel goes to capital city Havana to make his fortune, only to get robbed just hours after arriving. Kind-hearted but clearly nuts prostie Jasmine (Monse Duany Gonzales, camp) takes him under her wings and makes him her lover. But when Joel runs into Marisol, the two can’t resist each other, leading to fatal results. Lurid HD lensing by Oleg Lukichev helps keep auds awake.