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Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)

Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) (1994)

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A man finds that friendship and understanding can span many boundaries -- age, politics, and gender preference among them -- in this comedy-drama from Cuba. David (Vladimir Cruz) is a student and ardent Communist whose personal life is in something of a slump; his girlfriend recently left him to marry another man after he took her to a hotel in hopes of seducing her, and she announced that she couldn't believe anyone could make love in such an ugly room. One day, David stops by the park and gets

Nov 14, 1995

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (4) | DVD (1)

While the central story may lack edge, 'Strawberry and Chocolate' remains an entertaining, thoughtful take on the absurdity of confusing sexuality and politics.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Its subject now reveals itself as political and social freedom in Castro's Cuba and this is what makes it an intelligent companion piece to Memories of Underdevelopment, Alea's earlier film.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A clear call for tolerance, deftly executed by a director for whom the personal and the political were indivisible.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It's a clear-eyed critique of the revolution's treatment of gay Cubans and, as such, it's a brave and important piece of film-making.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Watching his funny and likeable Havana-set comedy is like chancing upon some undiscovered early gem by Godard or Woody Allen, and yet it has a worldliness and drollery that is all its own.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's rather long-winded and the politics are pretty boring to an outsider.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A superb Cuban film from 1993, a little classic about gay freedom and its aspirations versus Fidel Castro and his Marxist straitjacketing.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It verges on the preachy, but it's a generous and intriguing film.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) has a special place in cinema history.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The film's premise (friendship between a straight and gay man) may be familiar, but set in Cuba the tale's particular context adds freshness and political alertness, resulting in a charming film with a quasi-hopeful message

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Intelligent political drama

February 5, 2007

This first gay filmic offering from Cuba actually plays a good deal better than it sounds.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Beautiful.

June 12, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)

Amiable characters and a pleasant tale of Cuban life, contrasting the young communist idealist with an older, gay intellectual artist.
August 16, 2009
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