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Stefan Balsiger is a congenial, average councillor to the Swiss embassy in Havanna. While accompanying an US senator on his mission in Cuba, he makes a botch of so many things, that a minor blunder by the Senator turns into a serious incident, which intensifies into a second Cuban crisis - thanks to further entanglements by the media, police, and diplomats who represent the arch-enemies USA and Cuba. Only one person can eventually solve the crisis: Stefan Balsiger himself.Written by
I seem to be the first person without a Swiss address reviewing this film, although I did live for two years in Bern recently. I saw it this summer in Berlin as part of the Festival des europäischen Films. (It was the perfect opportunity for me to see it with German rather than English subtitles so I could follow more of the Schwyzertütsch.) I found it hilarious, but my friends all stayed home or went out to see Terminator 3 that night, so I can't say whether the humor would have carried over to someone who didn't have the background for the Swiss in-jokes.
I can't speak for the Cubans, but the film does do a good job of twitting both Swiss and Americans, sometimes in the same exchange (e.g., the early conversation between the senator and the driver about the Stefan's bosses). Basically, I would recommend this film heartily to anyone with Swiss connections and curiously to anyone without.
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