Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate)


Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate)

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Like Water for Chocolate plays to the senses with a richly rewarding romance that indulges in magical realism to intoxicating effect.



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Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquival, this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale's heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for her aging mother, Tita nevertheless falls in love with a handsome young man named Pedro. Pedro returns her affection, but he cannot overcome her family's disapproval, and he instead marries Tita's elder sister. The lovestruck young woman is brutally disappointed, and her sadness has such force that it infects her cooking: all who eat it her feel her heartbreak with the same intensity. This newly discovered power continues to manifest itself after the wedding, as Tita and Pedro, overcome by their denied love, embark on a secret affair. Director Alfonso Arau, Esquival's husband at the time, presents the acts of love and cooking with the same glossy, sensual sheen. Indeed, despite occasional digressions into a magical realist tone, the film often takes on the gloss of Hollywood romance. This combination of traditional melodrama and exotic fairy tale proved extremely popular with audiences, particularly in the United States, where it became one of the highest grossing foreign language films at the time. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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  • Jan 03, 2012
    Now i´m not a big fan of Romance movies mostly because I feel they're not realistic and display the wrong image of Romance. Like Water For Chocolate offers what so many Romance movies nowadays lack, true depiction of Romance, a romantic story that's memorable, and capturing your emotions as you watch this movie. This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a love story between Pedro and Tita, and why they coudn't get married because Tita's mother wanted her oldest daughter to get married first, and have Tita to stay and take care of her. It shows how marriage was imposed on those times, and how a love between two people can change everything. It's was just magical seeing this story unfold on screen, I literally found myself going through many different emotions while watching this. Everything just works so well in this movie from the wonderful cast to the tiniest details. There is so many ways describe how I felt while watching this movie, but so little words that can fully express what a incredible experience it is. It brought me smiles and tears to my eyes, that's rare for me when I watch a movie. Like Water For Chocolate is a classic Romance story that powerfully depicts Romance and will change your views on it. In a time with so many awful Romance movies, you owe it yo yourself to watch this and reminds yourself why you like Romance in movies and why you cherish love in your life.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2011
    Truly one of those timeless inevitable twist of fate until the end love stories that you will never forget. A young woman's mother goes out of her way to make sure that the romance in her live daughter's life remains sour because her own was denied happiness. Even when the one true love that the daughter is infatuated in steps up to the plate to declare his love for her, the mother makes a suggestion...that he marries an alternative choice...her daughter's sister!!! He agrees to do so to remain close to his true love, her sister. So to handle the frustration that the mother has caused the spurned sister develops a soulful love for cooking that in turns assists her in burying her grief that her mother has bestowed upon her. Truly a classic love story filled with lessons in life and cooking..that are worth remembering. Please see this!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2011
    Enchanting. This metaphoric delight is wrongfully accused by the national audience because of its immediate comparison with the evidently superior novel. The fact this feature expanded the national cinematographic horizons is something easy to remember but harder to recognize. Besides entering into the realm of our great-grandfathers, we explore the implications of hardcore family traditions that nowadays require deep thought, so now we can mirror them with the habits that may plague today's society too, beginning with discrimination and intolerance, let alone materialism and fundamentalisms. As an additional note, it is funny how this movie has been labeled with the fantasy genre. Although it truly is taken to an unreal point, the fact that emotions can be transmitted to food and how it may affect other people is something true with no tangible proofs. Let's say: Why is breastfeeding dangerous for a baby's health and digestion when the mother is sick? Several cases have proven to be true. It's just delightful to see how that perfectly serves its purpose as an additional element of the psychological background of the novel. 86/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    This was my first experience in Mexican cinema. Several of the imagines in the movie are still clear in my mind from the first time I had seen it when it first came out in 1992. I have seen many other Latin cinema pieces and the structure reminds me of “Life in the time of cholera” except more surrealistic. This movie like many other Latin cinema the characters do not develop over time but are beset by the trials of love and life. Character in the story are more extreme representation of extreme facets of character. The use of symbolism fills in for the lack of character development. Tita is the main character in the story she is the 2nd daughter of a very strict Blueblood mother. Juxtapose her mother with Nacha the family’s who is a meso-american maid who teaches here cooking and magical properties of cooking, especially the properties of chiles to influence other characters moods and wellbeing. The movie is set in the time of the Mexican revolution. At that time it was expected of the youngest daughter was to take care of here parent until they die. Tita meet young Pedro and falls in love, however her mother forbids there marriage and Pedro in some misguided idea of right marries Tita’s homely older sister to be near Tita. Tita concocts a desert for here sister that gave her perpetual uncontrolled flatulence and bad breath to get back at here sister for marrying here love. In the mean time her mother passes away and she marries the pale skin intellectual doctor John Brown who is polar opposite of Pedro’s dark skin and raw emotionality. Tita’s younger sister, Gertudis, reject her mothers tradition. The Mexican rebels raid their house and kidnap the naked Gerteudis horseback while she is taking a shower in there outdoor shower facility. Months later Gertrudis return with the same troop of men as their general.
    Bill C Super Reviewer

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