Strawberry and Chocolate
Time Out says
Part of the problem is the preening, predatory central performance by straight actor Jorge Perugorría as Diego, the cultured gay writer who forms a controversial friendship with Vladimir Cruz’s conformist student. And although the script takes pains to humanise Diego – with some success – he feels like a comforting archetype rather than a complex character.
Unsurprisingly for a film by Alea, its social agenda is more vigorous and engaging: his sly, sophisticated attacks on Havana’s revolutionary orthodoxy have lost none of their sting. And so, 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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