Like Water for Chocolate
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During the early twentieth century in Mexico, just south of the border, a girl catches the eye of boy. A number of years later, the boy, Pedro, now a young man, speaks to the girl, Tita, now a young woman, and declares his heartfelt, passionate love for her. Pedro (Marco Leonardi) wants Tita (Lumi Cavazos) to marry him.
He and his father meet with Tita's mother, Elena (Regina Torne), and ask if she would give her consent to a union between Pedro and Tita, Elena's youngest daughter. Elena forbids such a marriage to take place, as it is an unbroken family tradition that the youngest daughter remain single, so that she may take care of her mother until the mother dies. Such is the destiny of Tita. Elena, instead, cruelly offers to have her oldest daughter, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), marry Pedro.
Surprisingly, Pedro agrees to marry Rosaura, his twisted logic being that this is the only way he can be close to Tita. Thus, begins an untenable situation. Tita, forced by her selfish, harridan of a mother to prepare the wedding feast for Rosaura and Pedro, begins a lifelong sublimation of her passion and emotions with food. Its mystical properties become self evident in the expert hands of Tita, as she becomes a superlative cook. She has the ability to imbue the food that she prepares with the fervor and feelings, both good and bad, that she dare not express.Read more ›
I absolutely adore this sensual, quirky romantic comedy drama about forbidden love and family ties set in early twentieth century Mexico.
When Tita, the youngest of three daughters, falls in love with Pedro, a local lad, it seems only right that the two should marry and live happily ever after. But Tita's strict and cold-hearted mother has other ideas; according to a family tradition the youngest daughter in the family must stay at home and take care of her mother until she dies and thus making marriage at the bottom of the list of priorities. Determined to stick to it, Tita's mother forbids the marriage and instead offers the hand of her eldest daughter to Pedro. Believing that through marrying her sister it will mean remaining close to Tita, Pedro consents without fully realising the strain on the family this move will involve....
This film maintains it's charm, passion and wit all the way through and there are also really good performances from everyone especially Lumi Cavazos as the sexually frustrated heroine Tita.
I confess to being shocked by all the nudity but then in the Latin countries nudity is no big deal and it is not at all gratuitous - so if you're hiring for titilation then you'll be disappointed
Just in case you're confused by the seemingly nonsensical title it translates into "Como Agua Para Chocolate" in Spanish and is a South American idiom used to describe someone who is sexually frustrated. And there is certainly plenty of that here.....
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Haunting romantic pathos with a touch of humor. I enjoyed this drama immensely. Well told story, good acting.Published 29 days ago by Nancy Secrest
Love this movie and book. I know people overdo the "magical realism" comments but there's no other way to describe this one. Think of the Frieda Kahlo movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KayDee Daytime Star!
Loved the book and couldn't wait to watch the movie. Unfortunately, the movie is in Spanish with English subtitles. Not the way I want to watch it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rhonda Cravey
Not as good as I would have hoped. The storyline was too long and drawn out.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
There were a few parts from the book that was missing - but the movie was wonderful. I'm just sorry I didn't see it sooner, especially since I enjoyed the book so much.Published 2 months ago by miznic
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