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i_PP
am_BEM
starting_VBG
to_TO
write_VB
this_DT
review_NN
before_IN
going_VBG
to_IN
see_NN
strawberry_NN
and_CC
chocolate_NN
,_,
cuba_NP
's_POS
oscar_NP
nominee_NN
for_IN
best_JJS
foreign_JJ
film_NN
,_,
directed_VBN
by_IN
tomas_NP
gutierrez_NP
alea_???
(_(
who_NP
also_RB
directed_VBN
the_DT
sometimes_RB
and_CC
in_IN
some_DT
circles_NNS
critically_RB
acclaimed_JJ
memorias_NNS
del_NP
subdesarrollo--_???
"_"
memories_NNS
of_IN
underdevelopment_NN
"_"
._.
i_PP
saw_VBD
memorias_NNS
as_IN
part_NN
of_IN
a_DT
cuban_JJ
cinema_NN
class_NN
back_NN
in_IN
the_DT
late_JJ
'70s_???
;_;
it_NN
merged_VBN
the_DT
politics_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cuban_JJ
revolution_NN
with_IN
mundane_JJ
elements_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
human_JJ
condition_NN
._.
i_PP
knew_VBD
then_RB
that_CS
memorias_NNS
was_BEDZ
probably_RB
a_DT
state-sanctioned_JJ
political_JJ
missive_JJ
,_,
and_CC
now_RB
expect_VB
strawberry_NN
will_MD
follow_VB
suit_NN
._.
fellow_NN
internetters_NNS
,_,
primarily_RB
in_IN
the_DT
newsgroup_NN
dedicated_VBN
to_IN
cuba_NP
(_(
soc_???
._.
culture_NN
._.
cuba_NP
)_(
,_,
have_HV
mentioned_VBN
that_CS
strawberry_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
harsh_JJ
criticism_NN
of_IN
the_DT
revolution_NN
and_CC
its_PP$
current_JJ
state_NN
of_IN
affairs_NNS
._.
i_PP
have_HV
jumped_VBD
to_TO
the_DT
conclusion_NN
that_CS
strawberry_NN
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
more_RBR
than_CS
a_DT
veiled_JJ
attempt_NN
at_IN
espousing_VBG
the_DT
party_NN
line--it_???
probably_RB
looks_VBZ
like_IN
political_JJ
criticism_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
ain't_???
so_CS
._.
having_HVG
some_DT
first_OD
hand_NN
and_CC
extensive_JJ
anecdotal_JJ
knowledge_NN
of_IN
castro_NP
's_POS
repressiveness_NN
,_,
i_PP
can't_MD
conceive_VB
of_IN
his_PP$
tolerating_NN
honest_JJ
and_CC
adversarial_JJ
criticism_NN
of_IN
the_DT
revolution_NN
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
can't_MD
imagine_VB
his_PP$
letting_VBG
anyone_PN
even_RB
suggest_VB
his_PP$
failure_NN
as_IN
a_DT
leader_NN
of_IN
a_DT
failed_JJ
movement_NN
._.
as_CS
kids_NNS
say_VB
these_DT
days_NNS
,_,
duh_???
!_!
,_,
the_DT
revolution_NN
's_POS
current_JJ
state_NN
needs_NNS
no_DT
criticism_NN
;_;
its_PP$
physical_JJ
and_CC
spiritual_JJ
crumbling_NN
is_BEZ
self_NN
evident_JJ
._.
the_DT
proper_JJ
questions_NNS
to_IN
put_NN
relate_VB
to_IN
castro_NP
's_POS
legitimacy_NN
._.
i_PP
bet_VB
the_DT
film_NN
takes_VBZ
castro_NP
's_POS
power_NN
for_IN
granted_VBN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
this_DT
or_CC
any_DT
other_JJ
movie_NN
,_,
produced_VBN
under_IN
cuba_NP
's_POS
state_NN
control_NN
,_,
cannot_NN
question_NN
his_PP$
right_NN
to_IN
run_NN
cuba_NP
's_POS
political_JJ
show_NN
(_(
ongoing_JJ
now_RB
for_IN
more_DT
than_CS
36_CD
years_NNS
)_)
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
why_WRB
i_PP
just_RB
can't_MD
believe_VB
strawberry_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
honest_JJ
criticism_NN
of_IN
the_DT
regime_NN
._.
let_VB
's_BEZ
see_NN
what_WDT
happens_VBZ
after_IN
the_DT
room_NN
goes_VBZ
dark_JJ
and_CC
the_DT
screen_NN
lights_NNS
up_RP
._.
i_PP
saw_VBD
the_DT
film--twice_NN
._.
i_PP
was_BEDZ
right_JJ
;_;
castro_NP
remained_VBD
intact_JJ
._.
strawberry_NN
negotiates_NNS
the_DT
relationship_NN
between_IN
a_DT
young_JJ
"_"
dialectic_JJ
materialist_NN
,_,
"_"
as_CS
he_PP
describes_VBZ
himself_PPX
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
homosexual_NN
photographer_NN
(_(
diego_NP
)_)
in_IN
1979_CD
cuba_NP
._.
the_DT
young_JJ
man_NN
(_(
david_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
the_DT
son_NN
of_IN
peasants_NNS
;_;
a_DT
symbol_NN
of_IN
the_DT
revolution_NN
's_POS
reason_NN
for_IN
being_BEG
._.
grateful_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
revolution_NN
for_IN
the_DT
opportunity_NN
to_IN
receive_VB
a_NP
university_NN
education_NN
,_,
he_PP
studies_NNS
political_JJ
science_NN
instead_RB
of_IN
literature_NN
,_,
his_PP$
avocation_NN
,_,
because_CS
he_PP
perceives_VBZ
it_PP
is_BEZ
his_PP$
duty_NN
._.
therein_RB
lies_NNS
a_NN
likely_JJ
unintended_JJ
irony_NN
,_,
since_CS
cuba_NP
has_HVZ
no_DT
need_NN
for_IN
political_JJ
theoreticians_NNS
._.
cuba_NP
's_POS
government_NN
is_BEZ
castro_NP
._.
diego_NP
's_POS
lifestyle_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
antithesis_NN
of_IN
revolutionary_JJ
life_NN
._.
he_PP
enjoys_VBZ
the_DT
finer_JJR
things--tea_FW
,_,
opera_NN
,_,
art_NN
._.
he_PP
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
do_DO
"_"
voluntary_JJ
work_NN
"_"
for_IN
the_DT
revolution_NN
._.
his_PP$
small_JJ
apartment_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
sensual_JJ
oasis_NN
._.
the_DT
moniker_NN
"_"
bourgeois_JJ
"_"
figuratively_RB
hangs_VBZ
over_IN
his_PP$
head_NN
during_IN
the_DT
early_JJ
parts_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
"_"
revolucionario_NN
"_"
in_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
way_NN
._.
the_DT
supporting_JJ
roles_NNS
are_BER
filled_VBN
by_IN
:_:
an_DT
aging_JJ
busybody_NN
with_IN
a_DT
heart_NN
of_IN
gold_NN
and_CC
a_DT
troubled_JJ
psyche_NN
;_;
david_NP
's_POS
roommate_JJ
,_,
who_WP
rally_VB
takes_NNS
the_DT
communist_JJ
party_NN
line_NN
to_IN
its_PP$
expected_JJ
extreme_JJ
;_;
david_NP
's_POS
ex-girlfriend_NN
,_,
who_WP
dumped_VBD
him_PP
for_IN
another_DT
guy_NN
,_,
yet_RB
wants_VBZ
to_IN
bed_NN
him_PP
before_IN
she_PP
leaves_NNS
for_IN
italy_NP
with_IN
her_PP$
husband_NN
;_;
german_JJ
,_,
a_DT
gay_JJ
sculptor_NN
whose_WP$
work_NN
diego_NP
is_BEZ
attempting_VBG
to_TO
exhibit_VB
,_,
and_CC
who_WP
strikes_VBZ
a_DT
faustian_JJ
pact_NN
with_IN
the_DT
government_NN
._.
gutierrez_NP
alea_???
and_CC
co-director_NN
juan_NP
carlos_NP
tabio_???
do_DO
a_DT
fine_JJ
job_NN
at_IN
almost_RB
showing_VBG
that_DT
homosexuals_NNS
can_MD
be_BE
revolutionaries_NNS
too_RB
._.
heck_NN
,_,
towards_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
you_PP
begin_VB
to_TO
think_VB
the_DT
guy_NN
deserves_VBZ
a_DT
medal_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
patriotic_JJ
fervor_NN
._.
he_PP
really_RB
loves_VBZ
the_DT
revolution_NN
(_(
as_CS
supposedly_RB
does_DOZ
everybody_PN
else_RB
in_IN
cuba_NP
)_)
and_CC
wants_VBZ
to_TO
make_VB
it_PP
better_JJR
by_IN
exposing_VBG
and_CC
correcting_VBG
some_DT
of_IN
its_PP$
flaws_NNS
._.
real_JJ
criticism_NN
is_BEZ
missing_VBG
though_CS
._.
this_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
political_JJ
window_NN
dressing_NN
._.
luis_NP
aguilar_JJ
leon_NP
's_POS
op_???
._.
ed_NN
._.
piece_NN
on_IN
fresa_NP
in_IN
the_DT
miami_NP
herald_NN
(_(
21a_CD
march_NP
21a_CD
,_,
at_IN
21a_CD
)_)
did_DOD
not_XNOT
color_NN
my_PP$
judgment_NN
;_;
it_PP
presaged_VBD
my_PP$
intuition_NN
._.
aguilar_JJ
leon_NP
expressed_VBD
my_PP$
sentiment_NN
about_IN
this_DT
film_NN
's_POS
political_JJ
angle_NN
best_RBS
:_:
like_CS
many_DT
artistic_JJ
manifestations_NNS
in_IN
cuba_NP
,_,
strawberry_NN
and_CC
chocolate_NN
sprang_VBD
from_IN
a_DT
totally_RB
manipulated_VBN
environment_NN
._.
as_CS
art_NN
critic_NN
ivan_NP
de_NP
la_NP
nuez_???
well_NN
states_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
latest_JJS
issue_NN
of_IN
the_DT
magazine_NN
postmodern_NN
notes_NNS
,_,
the_DT
silenced_JJ
artists_NNS
are_BER
those_DT
who_WP
refuse_VB
to_TO
accept_VB
"_"
the_DT
charade_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
artists_NNS
can_MD
provoke_VB
up_RP
to_IN
a_DT
point_NN
,_,
while_CS
the_DT
institutions_NNS
legitimize_VB
themselves_PPX
by_IN
forbidding_JJ
them_PP
to_IN
go_NN
beyond_IN
that_DT
point_NN
._.
"_"
although_CS
terrible_JJ
propaganda_NN
,_,
this_DT
is_BEZ
otherwise_RB
a_DT
fine_JJ
film_NN
._.
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