Whilst reading the communist newspaper outside a semi-derelict art-deco building in Havana’s city centre, 70-year old Luis Vargas, a retired journalist with silver-grey temples and a bushy moustache, notices an obituary for celebrated ballerina Isabela Muñoz. Luis decides to secretly attend her funeral.
The following night he can’t get to sleep: he sees Isabela on stage again and wracks his brain trying to work out which music she’s dancing to. The next day, he and his friend Ovilio start to search for that music and his thoughts quite naturally drift back 40 years to when he had a brief, passionate, yet impossible affair with Isabela.
The present and the regrets of the past mingle in black-and-white as well as colour in this love story with fabulous music and lots of local colour, which was written and directed by Ben Chace, and was based on the stories of Argentinian poet and author Jorge Luis Borges.