One morning on a routine flight, Cuban pilot René does not return to base, instead flying to Miami for a new life. Another pilot Juan Pablo swims to Guantanamo Bay and is rewarded at the U.S. military base with a McDonald’s meal. As the men start to thrive in the anti-Castro expat community, they are soon running into political activism, FBI interference and the temptations of Florida life. Based on a true story, and featuring superb turns from Penélope Cruz as René’s principled wife Olga and Ana de Armas as the embodiment of the American dream, director Olivier Assayas has crafted a smart, evocative and meticulously textured spy procedural, which builds to a fascinating meditation on loyalty, ideology and the human cost of espionage.
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