Bitter Sugar (Azúcar Amarga) Reviews

  • May 30, 2011

    Just ok drama here exploring the hardships of living in Cuba. Gustavo tries to eak out a living in Havana while waiting to go abroad with a scholarship, his dad gets a job at a swanky tourist resort because his psychiatrist job doesnt pay enoughm and his brother seems to do nothing but protest all day long. Meanwhile, Gustavo has his eye on a cute little brunette, but even, yes, she has some secrets. While it's intentions are certainly genuine, I think this was a wee bit too much politics to cram into one movie. Gustavo's problems are interesting, but his brother's are just a bit unneccessary, distracting and, quite frankly, over the top to be in this movie. The cinematography is excellent and whatnot but the story could have used a little simmering down.

    Just ok drama here exploring the hardships of living in Cuba. Gustavo tries to eak out a living in Havana while waiting to go abroad with a scholarship, his dad gets a job at a swanky tourist resort because his psychiatrist job doesnt pay enoughm and his brother seems to do nothing but protest all day long. Meanwhile, Gustavo has his eye on a cute little brunette, but even, yes, she has some secrets. While it's intentions are certainly genuine, I think this was a wee bit too much politics to cram into one movie. Gustavo's problems are interesting, but his brother's are just a bit unneccessary, distracting and, quite frankly, over the top to be in this movie. The cinematography is excellent and whatnot but the story could have used a little simmering down.

  • Mar 26, 2011

    Honestly, I only kept watching because I thought Mayte Vilan lit up the screen. Or maybe I just thought she was hot. This is amateur stuff, mediocre and dull. Blah blah blah communism is bad blah blah blah.

    Honestly, I only kept watching because I thought Mayte Vilan lit up the screen. Or maybe I just thought she was hot. This is amateur stuff, mediocre and dull. Blah blah blah communism is bad blah blah blah.

  • Apr 10, 2009

    A scathing commentary on the failures of the revolution in Cuba. Good performances all around.

    A scathing commentary on the failures of the revolution in Cuba. Good performances all around.

  • Mar 11, 2009

    Pretty good, but could've been better. At times I didn't know what side it was on.

    Pretty good, but could've been better. At times I didn't know what side it was on.

  • Mar 01, 2009

    I found the movie depressing but one that compelled me to watch.

    I found the movie depressing but one that compelled me to watch.

  • Jul 13, 2008

    a very odd movie that we had to watch in spansih class. it was pretty good though.

    a very odd movie that we had to watch in spansih class. it was pretty good though.

  • May 25, 2008

    A inside view of what life was like for intelligentsia and artists in Cuba under Castro in decline: living like exiles in their own country where the foreign investor is God. The tie between the narrative and polemical was less than seamless and the messaging over-obvious and repetitive at times. The screenplay seemed to work harder at telling, rather than showing.

    A inside view of what life was like for intelligentsia and artists in Cuba under Castro in decline: living like exiles in their own country where the foreign investor is God. The tie between the narrative and polemical was less than seamless and the messaging over-obvious and repetitive at times. The screenplay seemed to work harder at telling, rather than showing.

  • Feb 27, 2008

    Wonderful. Hermosa. Bella.

    Wonderful. Hermosa. Bella.

  • Feb 09, 2008

    A flawed propaganda-drama that still manages to attain fleeting moments of cinematic greatness.

    A flawed propaganda-drama that still manages to attain fleeting moments of cinematic greatness.

  • Sep 27, 2007

    great forgien film with english subtitles. the movie is based in cuba and it is about a group of friends that lives intertwined with the many problems in their lives. there is the story of a hooker and her boyfriend who wants to leave the island and decides to leave one night in a craft. the boyfriend is an capitalism idealist who has a chance of heart when he sees his island is not want is suppose to be and tries to rebel against it. it is a great movie. everyone should see it. but it is of adult issues, no children should watched this movie.

    great forgien film with english subtitles. the movie is based in cuba and it is about a group of friends that lives intertwined with the many problems in their lives. there is the story of a hooker and her boyfriend who wants to leave the island and decides to leave one night in a craft. the boyfriend is an capitalism idealist who has a chance of heart when he sees his island is not want is suppose to be and tries to rebel against it. it is a great movie. everyone should see it. but it is of adult issues, no children should watched this movie.