Love by Mistake

Institute History

  • 2004 Sundance Film Festival


A merry-go-round of sexual entanglements, Gerardo Chijona's delightful Love by Mistake brings to life the world of six rather reckless Cuban intellectuals engaged in a delirious game of musical beds.

Desperate to finish the long-awaited follow-up to a prizewinning first novel, Julio del Toro finds himself distracted by the demands of his tempestuous mistress Silvia, the beguiling attentions of an ambitious young journalist, and the loving reprimands of his devoted wife, Miriam, who, unaware of her husband's "popularity," would simply like him to pay a little attention to her. Things go a bit haywire when his daughter Milly falls in love with a Spanish businessman many years her senior—even several years her father's senior—and a dashing young masseur with culinary skills and a motorcycle drops into the picture. As for Miriam, the dawning realization that the long-cherished dream of growing old with her husband may not come true makes her wonder if her dream—and a last chance at happiness—lies elsewhere.

With solid performances and abundant spicy charm, Love by Mistake takes the eternal quest for love, commitment, and a little hip-shaking salsa to a whole new level.

— Elizabeth Richardson

Screening Details

As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]