The animated musical drama Chico & Rita
tells the story of two Cuban lovers over the course of 60 years. When we first see the titular pair, it’s 1948 -- he’s a jazz pianist and accompanist, and she is a sultry vocalist specializing in Cuban ballads. Both reside in Havana, but Rita harbors dreams of relocating to America and establishing herself as a musical icon. As the story rolls forward, various external forces repeatedly attempt to tear the paramours apart, but their devotion to one another abides. The specific twists of the narrative matter little, for co-directors Fernando Trueba, Tono Errando, and Javier Mariscal have lifted the outlines from countless...