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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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
This movie is about accepting difference and learning to appreciate other points of view and other ways of life. It's not really a movie about gay men - get over that! It's about friendship, and about the love Cubans feel for their country. Jorge Perugorría is absolutely great in this role, as are all of the other characters. The scenes of Havana are beautiful and heartbreaking. This film conveys what it must feel like for Cubans to leave their country, and how difficult that is. It's also about learning to think for yourself and to have opinions and do things that others might not find "politically correct." There's nothing subversive about this movie, and nothing that you need to hide from the kids. In fact, I recommend that people show the film to their teenagers and talk about it, because it sends such a great message about accepting people as they are. It's also tender and funny, and has just the right balance of humor and drama. Nancy (Mirta Ibarra) is wonderful.
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