The Ship of Dreams | Chicago Reader

The Ship of Dreams

I didn't love it, but I was surprised by how much I liked this 1996 movie about four men and two women who hide themselves in a ship bound for New York, each wanting to leave Colombia for a different reason. The setup is typically theatrical—most of the action takes place in one room and involves verbal or physical confrontations between fairly archetypal characters—but director Ciro Duran makes good use of the larger environment with judicious inserts of the ship's exterior and of characters on deck, briefly freeing them and us from the claustrophobia of the hold. At a crucial moment vast shifts in two characters' motivations are explained by flashbacks from the perspective of only one of them, but this clumsy sequence doesn't negate the emotional power of much of this story by Duran and cowriter Duny Kuzmanich.

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