Bitter Sugar (Azúcar Amarga) (1996)

Bitter Sugar (Azúcar Amarga) (1996)





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Gustavo (Rene Lavan) is an engineering student born and raised in Cuba who strongly believes in his nation's socialist ideals at a time when those ideals are crumbling around him. His girlfriend, Yolanda (Mayte Vilan), dreams of emigrating to Miami and making a life for herself as a professional dancer. His father, Tomas (Miguel Gutierrez), is a respected psychiatrist who he can barely support himself working at a state-run institution; he moonlights as a jazz pianist, where he makes four times his medical salary playing for tips to tourists at a nightclub. And his brother Bobby (Larry Villanueva) is a rock musician whose long hair and defiant posture have made him an enemy of the state and an outspoken opponent of Castro's regime; when yet another of his performances is shut down and his equipment is confiscated by police, Bobby, in an extreme act of protest, publicly injects himself with HIV-tainted blood, making clear that when presented with the slogan of "socialism or death," he would prefer the latter. Azucar Amarga was a highly personal project for director Leon Ichaso, a emigre from Havana who has offered one of the few portraits of Cuban unrest in the 1990s from a Cuban point-of-view.
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Azucar Films


René Lavan
as Gustavo
Mayte Vilán
as Yolanda
Felix German
as Beach Security Guard
Miguel Gutiérrez
as Dr. Tomas Valdez
Luis Celeiro
as Mr. Garcia
Jorge Pupo
as Yiyo
Augusto Feria
as Hotel Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for Bitter Sugar (Azúcar Amarga)

All Critics (3)

Presents a fascinating glimpse of Cuba as a country of shattered dreams and unfulfilled promises.

Full Review… | August 26, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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June 30, 2005

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Austin Chronicle

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
El Tiempo Latino

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Audience Reviews for Bitter Sugar (Azúcar Amarga)


its a good movie it makes u think. a lot of ppl tihnk its interesting. it snot completely true but its interesting about having no money. it was fimed in doinica republiac!

Lisa Shaw
Lisa Shaw

(***): [img][/img] Good film that is strongly helped by the performances. This film is a stab at Cuba and socialism and how the Castro takeover really did screw over many of its citizens instead of helping them.


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