Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)
Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) (1994)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 11, 1994
DVD Release Date: November 14, 1995
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

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

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

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.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

A superb Cuban film from 1993, a little classic about gay freedom and its aspirations versus Fidel Castro and his Marxist straitjacketing.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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.

Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)

It verges on the preachy, but it's a generous and intriguing film.

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Jon Fortgang

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

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Sky Movies

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

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) has a special place in cinema history.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Ross Collins
Amiable characters and a pleasant tale of Cuban life, contrasting the young communist idealist with an older, gay intellectual artist.