Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)
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Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)
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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While the central story may lack edge, 'Strawberry and Chocolate' remains an entertaining, thoughtful take on the absurdity of confusing sexuality and politics."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"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."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"A superb Cuban film from 1993, a little classic about gay freedom and its aspirations versus Fidel Castro and his Marxist straitjacketing."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"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."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It verges on the preachy, but it's a generous and intriguing film."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"Intelligent political drama"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A clear call for tolerance, deftly executed by a director for whom the personal and the political were indivisible."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"It's rather long-winded and the politics are pretty boring to an outsider."
‑ , Sky Movies
"Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) has a special place in cinema history."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"This first gay filmic offering from Cuba actually plays a good deal better than it sounds."
‑ , Empire Magazine
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