Bitter Sugar Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Bitter Sugar the Movie

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Young, idealistic communist Gustavo (Lavan) is a Havana university student who still believes that the Castro regime can make things better. His rock musician brother Bobby (Villanueva) is a radical, defying government policies, and his psychiatrist father Tomas (Gutierrez) makes more money playing piano at a tourist hotel than in his practice. But Gustavo's eyes are opened, not only by his family situtation, but when he falls in love with cynical dancer Yolanda (Vilan), who longs to escape to Miami. Serious politics bolstered by excellent performances and sharp cinematography. Spanish with subtitles.


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Available on VHS
Running time 102 minutes.
Originally from Cuban.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, Politics
Leon Ichaso, Orestes Matacena
Rene Lavan, Mayte Vilan, Miguel Gutierrez, Larry Villanueva
Claudio Chea
Leon Ichaso
Manuel Tejada
Jaime Pina, Leon Ichaso, First Look Pictures

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