Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) 1994

Strawberry and Chocolate

Critics Consensus

Strawberry and Chocolate movingly depicts the budding relationship between two men against the backdrop of a pivotal moment in Cuban history.

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Movie Info

In 1979 Cuba, flamboyant gay artist Diego (Jorge Perugorría) attempts to seduce the straight and strait-laced David (Vladimir Cruz), an idealistic young communist, and fails dismally. But David conspires to be "friends" with Diego so he can monitor the artist's subversive life for the state. As Diego and David discuss politics, individuality and personal expression in Castro's Cuba, a genuine friendship develops between the two. Can it last in such an oppressive environment?

Cast & Crew

Jorge Perugorría
Diego
Joel Angelino
German
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Director
Juan Carlos Tabío
Director
Georgina Balzaretti
Executive Producer
Frank Cabrera
Executive Producer
Camilo Vives
Executive Producer
José María Vitier
Original Music
Mario García Joya
Cinematographer
Osvaldo Donatién
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Rolando Martínez
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Critic Reviews for Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (4)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

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  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)

  • Mar 20, 2009
    Amiable characters and a pleasant tale of Cuban life, contrasting the young communist idealist with an older, gay intellectual artist.
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