David (Vladimir Cruz) and Diego(Jorge Perugorria) are complete opposites. David studies political science. Diego is an artist. David is uptight. Diego is tolerant. David is standoffish. Diego is embracing. David is gay. Their tumultuous friendship begins in a Havana ice cream parlor when Diego boldly attempts to pick up David who steadfastly rebuffs his advances.
Strawberry and Chocolate, a new comedy from award-winning Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez Alea (with Juan Carlos Tabio) tells the funny and touching story of the budding friendship between upright citizen David and flamboyant Diego.
Based on the short story by Senel Paz, "The Wolf, the Forest, and the New Man," winner of the 1990 Juan Rulfo prize, Strawberry and Chocolate is a witty socio-political comment on modern-day Cuba.
-from "Angelika Filmball," Feb./ March, 1995