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Like Water For Chocolate is an extravagant, playful romantic fable that celebrates passion, liberation and the spirit of women but never forgets that unbridled ecstasy comes at a cost.
One of the best food films ever, changing its flavours as quickly the many moods of its heroine.
A sensual pleasure, like reading a Marquez novel or eating a great, multicourse meal.
The story is told through the lens of magic and tradition, of cultural values that are articulated through the senses, more specifically through food that feeds these senses.
Passionate tale of lost and regained love.
... becomes indigestible.
The food scenes in this Mexican fable are just as sumptuous and appetizing as those in Denmark's Oscar-winning Babette's Feast, excpet they have an extra-erotic and surreal appeal due to masterful cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki and Steve Bernstein
Atmospheric but watery romantic melodrama
A funny, touching, sumptuous, and incredibly romantic ode to the joys of love and food.
Good food metaphors and solid romantic story.
Celebrates in most unsual and impressive ways both the magic and the mystery of love.
"sensual and constantly surprising"
A young woman is forbidden to marry the man she loves by her domineering mother. Mamá Elena insists Tita de la Garza honor a timeworn tradition which dictates the youngest daughter must not marry so she may care for her aging mother instead. Established Mexican character actor Alfonso Arau (The Wild Bunch, Romancing the Stone) directs this adaptation of Laura Esquivel's debut novel. The two were married at the time. The title comes from a Latin American expression. In these countries, hot chocolate is made with water instead of milk. The phrase refers to someone who has reached their boiling point, in this case it could refer to anger, but also repressed sexuality. Tita is like water ready to be used for hot chocolate.
What makes the picture so compelling is the appeal of our central heroine. Actress Lumi Cavazos is gripping as Tita. By keeping her emotions bottled up, her meals are essentially the only way she has to express herself. On the surface she seems passive at first, but she remains a fundamentally passionate individual. Her story is rather epic in scope and the many people that she meets along the way are involving. The relationships with her overbearing mother and her true love Pedro, are affecting but so is her relationship with Dr. Brown, her sister's obstetrician. If there's one thing a romance needs is heart and Like Water for Chocolate has that in spades.
I thought the book was better...
I was recommended to watch this by a friend who had studied the book. I didn't really like it despite knowing so much about the main storyline (or perhaps because of it). I couldn't really get past how much of a stone-cold bitch the mother was, and I didn't really like the ending either. I'd seen the 'food affected by feelings of the cook' premise before in an American film (Simply Irresistible), which despite being utterly frivolous in comparison I think I prefer.
LIked this pretty well -- I can relate to food in a lustful way just like these folks -- but it loses 1/2 a star because I hated the ending.
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