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Strawberry and Chocolate
Movie: Strawberry and Chocolate(1994)[tt0106966] Diego, a cultivated, homosexual and skeptical young man, falls in love with a young heterosexual communist full of prejudices and doctrinal ideas. First come rejection and suspicion, but also fascination. Fresa y chocolate is a coming-of-age story, told through the development of a great friendship which overcomes incomprehension and intolerance. Written by<oscar.esteban@p4.virtual.encomix.com>
Title Strawberry and Chocolate
Release Date 18 November 1994 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
Production Companies Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industrias Cinematográficos (ICAIC), Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE), TeleMadrid
Jorge Perugorría
Jorge Perugorría...
Diego...
Vladimir Cruz
Vladimir Cruz...
David...
Mirta Ibarra
Mirta Ibarra...
Nancy...
Francisco Gattorno
Francisco Gattorno...
Miguel...

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Libretio on 25 April 2005
STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE (Fresa y Chocolate) Aspect ratio: 1.85:1Sound format: Ultra-StereoUsed as an unwitting pawn by his pro-revolutionary colleagues, a naive student (Vladmir Cruz) is encouraged to develop a platonic relationship with a flamboyant gay artist (Jorge Perugorria), whose political allegiances have fallen under suspicion. But as their friendship deepens, Cruz is transformed by Perugorria's resistance to the Cuban regime, even as the forces of oppression begin to close around them.Based on a short story ('El Lobo, el Bosque y el Hombre Nuevo') by screenwriter Senel Paz, STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE is a joyous celebration of life and non-conformity, distinguished by Perugorria's vivid performance as a self-proclaimed 'outsider' who rejects his friend's unquestioning loyalty to the Cuban political system that is stifling their beloved homeland. Their budding relationship is complicated by Perugorria's unrequited love for Cruz, depicted here with dignity and compassion, though it's their political differences which ultimately unite the two characters, even as Perugorria is forced to reap the whirlwind of his public defiance. Also starring Mirta Ibarra as Perugorria's flaky neighbor, who introduces virginal Cruz to the joys of sexual liberation! It isn't a terribly cinematic film, but production values are solid, and the characters are played with such integrity, it hardly matters; this is a movie in which ideas take precedence over action, and the emotional payoff is quite powerful indeed. Beautiful music score by Jose Maria Vitier, too. Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío.NB. The original US version (released by Miramax) is missing approximately six minutes of footage. Absent material includes a brief conversation about racism during Cruz's first visit to Perugorria's apartment, and a sad little sequence in which the two characters pretend not to notice each other after meeting by accident in a bookstore.(Spanish dialogue)

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