Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) (1994)

Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) (1994)




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A macho but naive and inexperienced youth who believes passionately in Communism and the Cuban Revolution, finds his values undergoing an unexpected transformation after being befriended by a cultured young homosexual who's an ardent critic of the Castro regime.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Andrés Cortina
as Santeria Priest
Antonio Carmona
as Boyfriend
Ricardo Avila
as Taxi Driver
Zolanda Ovia
as Passenger
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Critic Reviews for Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | July 2, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

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 2, 2009
London Evening Standard

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

Full Review… | July 2, 2009

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.

Full Review… | July 2, 2009
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.

Full Review… | July 2, 2009

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

Full Review… | July 2, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)

Though the gay character is pretty stereotypical, that can be forgiven somewhat since the movie was made in the early 90s. I imagine this was a pretty bold movie, particularly in Cuba, when it came out. Even now we rarely see anything with this depth in gay American cinema.

Dan Rosson
Dan Rosson

Only interesting thing about this movie was how it was filmed in Cuba and the local government funded, even though in some scenes, the movie seems to cristicize the Cuban political situation.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

(from The Watermark 05/27/95) An interesting character study of a gay artist named Diego and a straight Communist college student named David who become unlikely friends during the potent political climate of Cuba in 1979. Diego is first introduced as a shallow sex-obsessed queen and gradually becomes more sympathetic and human as we learn of his passion for his artistic mentors and disdain for the Cuban Communist rule. David begins the film with a typically heterosexual aversion to gays, but befriends Diego to find out if he and his art are any threat to the Communist government. As the two exchange their political views, they develop a genuine friendship and mutual understanding of each other, even though they are enemies in many respects. Though it is anticlimactic, and not necessarily a “must-see” film for gay American movie-goers, it is a well done work that shows the human side of politics that is all to frequently ignored. For viewers unfamiliar with Cuban history, much of the film may be lost because the “system” in which Diego cannot function and which David wants to preserve is constantly referred to, but never actually shown. Cuban audiences already know their government, but Americans in many cases would be left guessing.

David Almeida
David Almeida

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