Directed by Juan Carlos Tabió, Aunque Estés Lejos (So Far Away) initially centers around Marilyn (Susana Pérez), whose first trip back to Cuba after having spent 30 years in Chicago is marred by the death of the aunt she had planned on visiting. At the funeral, she meets Lazaro (Mijail Mulkay), who isn't so much as concerned about the funeral as he is getting a visa from the nearby American embassy. His pleas are denied, however, and as an attraction develops between him and Marilyn, she is forced to choose between Cuba and the United States. After Marilyn decides to stay in Cuba, her plight is revealed to be a fictional account from scriptwriters Pedro (Barbaro Marin) and Mercedes (Mirta Ibarra), who are desperately trying to sell the project to Cuban-born, Spanish-based actor Alberto (Antonio Valero). After Alberto rejects the idea -- he claims that no one would want to return to Cuba after having lived in America -- he finds himself caught up in subway saxophonist Magda's (Laura Ramos) experience in the controversial nation. Sometime after sharing a romantic night with Magda, he realizes she may actually be his daughter from a long since forgotten affair.
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