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Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)

Fresa y chocolate (original title)
This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other.

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(collaboration) (as T.G. Alea), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Jorge Perugorría ...
Diego
Vladimir Cruz ...
David
Mirta Ibarra ...
Nancy
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Miguel
Joel Angelino ...
German
Marilyn Solaya ...
Vivian
Andrés Cortina ...
Santero
Antonio Carmona ...
Groom
Ricardo Ávila ...
Taxi Driver (as Ricardo Avila)
María Elena del Toro ...
Passenger 1
Zolanda Oña ...
Passenger 2
Diana Iris del Puerto ...
Neighbor
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Storyline

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>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for brief strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 1995 (USA)  »

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$2,080,805 (USA)
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(archive footage: news broadcasts)|

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cuban's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 67th Academy Awards. As of 2014, it remains the only Cuban film to be nominated for an Oscar. See more »

Goofs

The blue Cadillac seen at the end of the film was not made until the 1987 model year. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lista de espera (2000) See more »

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Beautiful!
22 August 2002 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

A beautiful movie for the heart. One of the most wonderful stories of friendship ever told.

Jorge Perugorría as Diego is amazing. (I'd well like to see some of his other work.) It is most astonishing to see how his character develops from the limp-wristed cliché gay at the beginning to a fascinating man who gets in conflict with the regime because he is different on every level from what the system requires him to be: he is an independent spirit, a person with a genuine love for the arts, for literature, for music, he is disappointed by communist ideals - and he is also gay, by the way.

Vladimir Cruz is also very fine as the young and naive David who discovers things through his friendship with Diego he'd never ever thought of: like discovering the beauty of things, of life, of poetry and music... And also being committed to another person, even though this person may seem very 'different' from oneself at first glance.

The development of David's and Diego's friendship is fascinating (I wouldn't interpret anything more into it, not even in the final scene). This is also a "coming of age" tale, in a way: by his friendship with Diego, David begins to think, develops a maturity of spirit - and is also, at last, able to develop a loving and mature relationship with a woman. It is very sweet when he tells Diego: "No-one will hurt her. She is with me."

A true gem of a film. I recommend it to everyone.


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