The Twelve Chairs

Las doce sillas

94 mins
8 / 10 (102)


When her country is taken over by socialist revolutionaries, a wealthy woman can’t bear to give up all of her possessions and hides them in the twelve chairs of a dining-room set. After her death, her nephew comes across her plan and sets out to track the treasures down.

MUBI's take

This comedy set immediately after the Cuban Revolution is one of the renowned satires of director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (Memories of Underdevelopment). This retelling of a Russian comic novel sets out to critique the contradictions of the Revolution through the mad quest of three peculiar characters.

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