El Cantante

Synopsis: The rise and fall of salsa singer, Héctor Lavoe (1946-1993), as told from the perspective of his wife Puchi, who looks back from 2002. In the early 1960s, Héctor arrives in New York from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Success comes quickly. "The more he grew as an artist," Puchi says, "the more he sank as a person." It's a tale of talent - creating salsa with Willie Colón, with the Fania All Stars, and as a soloist - and a story of disintegration - fueled by drugs, alcohol, partying, and depression. Puchi's voice - proud and querulous - dominates off-stage as Héctor's does on.
Director(s): Leon Ichaso
Production: Picturehouse
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min



- What is this?

- We're just trying to get-

we're trying to get

to the bottom of it.

Bottom of what? What are you,

a fucking, uh, private investigator?

- Give me a break. You-

- It's an interview.

- What?

- It's an interview.

All right, then let my-

I'll tell you stories about-

I have a lot of funny stories

about Hector

that I could tell you.

And I'll tell you about our lives.

I mean, I want everybody

to know everything.

I want the public

to know, but...

- The public-

- ... don't fucking get insulting, you know?

You don't tell me how

I should have lived my life.

I'll tell you

what happened.

Well, it's your

version of it.

Yes, it is

my version of it.

You- if you wanted

somebody else's version of it,

you should have had

somebody else come.

? Hey hey hey hey?

? Hey hey

hey hey?

? Hey hey hey hey?

- ? Hey hey hey hey?

- Yeah!

- ? Hey hey hey hey...?

- Whoo!

Puchi, they can't find Hector.

They keep calling.

Tell 'em I'm not in!

I- I told them that


Tell 'em

I'm walking the dog.

Tell 'em- I don't

give a shit.

Tell 'em the same old

fucking story.

Eddie, let's go.

- Tito.

- What?

I don't wanna have

to go out looking for you too

when we get home,


Don't come over here.

Hi, babe.

Come here.

Help me, baby,


But he's driving so slow.

What's the problem?

Who's this fucking driver, Eddie?

Where did you find him?

Hey, hurry up.

Come on.


- Where are we going?

- Where do you think we're going?

Where are we always going

when we're doing this crazy shit to you

every single time?

Can you please hurry up?

- It's your birthday?

- No, it's not my birthday.

Look she's...

Hey, you want your sandwich?

I love you.

You always love me

when you're high.

And I'm always high.

I don't wanna look, man.

I'm looking the other way.

You need to wake up

a little bit. Here.


- Oh!

- Oh!

- Mmm!

- This...


what's all this down here?

Ooh hoo hoo!

I love this life.

Hector, Hector...

Let's go.

- Move back, move back.

- Come on, get out of the way. We're late.

Get out of the way.

Let's go, let's go.

Come on, let's go.

Ralphie, relax.

We're here, all right?

This is your problem.

You should have gotten here on time.

Come on.

Let's go, come on.

Leave him alone!

What are you doing?

Today he got here early.

Ladies and gentlemen,

the singer

of all singers,

Hector Lavoe!


? I...?

? Am the singer?

? You've come

to listen to?

? The best?

? Of my songs?

? I'll sing them

all to you?

? I'll sing to a life?

? Of laughter and sorrows?

? I sing to the bad times?

? Sing to the good times?

? You came to have a good time?

? And paid at the door?

? There's no time

for sadness?

? Come on singer, begin.?

My people!

Madison Square Garden-

he filled that place up like that.

You understand?

Hector was the biggest.

And not only New York-

all over the world,

people loved Hector.

that was the best year.

It was the end

of the good times.

After that, it just-

You want me

to sit over here?

Oh yeah, but I love salsa.

I love to dance.

- Should I take off my coat?

- Sure. Go ahead.

It- oh my God, it brings back

so many memories.

We had so many

good times in here,

forget it.

Hector was such a joker.

He was so funny.

That's what I want

everybody to know.

I want 'em to know

how funny he was,

how much we laughed,

how much fun we had.

That's the thing

with Hector:

he didn't know how much

people loved him.

And sometimes, you know,

it would seem like

he didn't want

to know.

It was weird.

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Leon Ichaso

Leon Ichaso (born August 3, 1948) is a Cuban American writer and film director. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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