Directors: Tomas Gutierrez Alea / Juan Carlos Tabio
Cast: Vladimir Cruz, Jorge Perugorria, Mirta Ibarra
In Spanish, with English subtitles
Personalities and ideologies clash in this charming comedy about two men. One is homosexual who is an individualist. The other is a heterosexual who is Communist. Their odd friendship stems from a casual encounter in an ice cream shop at a park. The unusual bond is shaken in an exciting way by the intrusion of a suicidal neighbor.
The screenplay is riddled with some witty and funny dialog. Watching it, I thought the movie could make a good and interesting play. It reminds of "Kiss of a Spider Woman" without the bleakness. Jorge Perugorria gives a calculated performance that's just charming and competent.
The movie was nominated Best Foreign-Language Film at the 1994 Academy Awards.
This is my second viewing of the movie. The first time was in Columbus, OH in 1997.
Date seen: September 11, 2016