This comedy from Cuba is a gem. Filled with malicious swipes against the Castro regime, it’s a provocative but very humane comedy about sexual opposites.
David (Vladimir Cruz) is a macho but naive and inexperienced youth who believes passionately in communism and the Cuban Revolution. He’s an idealist who has accepted the official line on everything, but his knowledge of the world, especially of art, music and literature, is scanty.
Diego (Jorge Perugorria) is an effeminate gay who revels in his gayness. He’s instantly attracted to the handsome David when they share a table at an outdoor cafe, and he manages to persuade David to come to his apartment on a pretext. The homophobic David is most uneasy during this first encounter, especially when Diego prattles on about the ills of Cuban society and decides it’s his duty to expose this most unrevolutionary Cuban.
Though the film’s a bit long, vet director Tomas Gutierrez Alea and his partner Juan Carlos Tabio (director of the hilarious Plaff, who was brought in when Alea was taken ill) have come up with a winner here, with much credit going to the two lead actors.
1994: Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film