Film of the week: The Perez Family

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Juan (Alfred Molina) has been in a Cuban prison for two decades, and on his release, he meets the vivacious Dottie (Marisa Tomei) on the boat to Miami. There's a mistake at immigration. Dottie is listed as Juan's wife. Juan's brother-in-law, there to bring him home to his real wife, Carmela (Anjelica Huston), doesn't recognise him. It's a mess. But out of this tale of separation, betrayal and longing, director Mira Nair weaves a likeable blend of dizzy comedy and aching romance. The photography is fizzy and fruity, like the performances, and Huston in particular is excellent.

Ryan Gilbey

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