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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.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea,
Juan Carlos Tabío
Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague. But his faith in the new Cuba is tested: his father, a psychiatrist, can make four times as much playing piano at a hotel for foreigners; his sweetheart, Yolanda, wants a career as a dancer and longs for the riches of Miami; his younger brother Bobby simply wants to play rock music, and as a result is in constant trouble with the authorities. When Bobby takes a shocking step of revolt and Gustavo is refused service at a foreigners-only bar, the contradictions in his resolve to become a "new man" push him to the breaking point.Written by
This is definitely the worst movie I've seen in many years; apart from the absolute lack of cinematographic value, this exercise of fascist stupidity can only make you laugh as the "movie" advances. The stereotypes portrayed in Azucar Amarga are so difficult to believe that one wonders if the director (or whoever provided the money) has some kind of problem.
Well, i guess there are a lot of people in this country who are now enlightened with their knowledge of world cinema an Latin American politics. Good for you. I'm only sorry for having spent my time watching this instead of doing something else.
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