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Like Water for Chocolate

  • 1993
  • Alfonso Arau
  • 111 mins
  • 15

Summary

Romantic fantasy set in Mexican American border country at the turn of the 20th century. As the youngest daughter of her family, Tita is forced to honour a tradition that dictates she must stay single and care for her overbearing mother. Prevented from marrying her true love Pedro, Tita discovers that she is able to control other people's emotions through her cooking.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The combination of culinary art and magic realism that made Laura Esquivel's bestseller so distinctive is very much to the fore in husband Alfonso Arau's acclaimed dramatisation. However, what should have been a filmic feast has been let down by his reluctance to beat the mixture gently before bringing the most succulent moments to the boil. Set in Mexico at the turn of the 20th century, this epic of a forbidden love consummated only through food has a sizzling story, committed performances and sumptuous photography. But Arau's direction is naively over-emphatic, with scenes of great erotic intensity sometimes missing their mark.

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Credits

Cast

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PedroMarco Leonardi
TitaLumi Cavazos
Mama ElenaRegina Torne
John BrownMario Ivan Martinez
NachaAda Carrasco
RosauraYareli Arizmendi
GertrudisClaudette Maille
ChenchaPilar Aranda
PriestFarnesio De Bernal
Sergeant TrevinoJoaquin Garrido

Crew

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DirectorAlfonso Arau

Details

Theatrical distributor
Electric Pictures
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Contains sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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