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The Perez Family

Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay, Mississippi Masala) directed this 1995 adaptation of Christine Bell's novel about Cuban immigrants in Miami. Consistently pleasurable for its lead performances (by Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina, Chazz Palminteri, and Anjelica Huston) it concerns a former political prisoner (Molina) who hasn't seen his wife (Huston) and daughter (Trini Alvarado) in two decades. The circumstances delaying their reunion seem a little contrived in spots, but the details about what Cuban immigrants have to contend with and the actors' spirited riffs keep this busy and bubbling. With Celia Cruz and Lazaro Perez. 112 min.

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