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Like Water for Chocolate ()

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featuring Lumi Cavazos, Marco Leonardi, Regina Torne, M. Martinez, Ada Carrasco

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 Hide synopsis

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Chenchab

If you like different

by Chenchab on Mar 12, 2009

If you like different, you'll like this movie. I read the book, it had some strange ideas, but interesting. I saw the movie, it was very similar to the book, strange, different and entertaining. I already knew the ending but managed still to be amazedby the author's skill. If you love imagination, you'll love this movie

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Maggy
by Maggy on Mar 30, 2008

This is probably a great book, but it is a book from the genre of magic realism....it doesn't translate to film well. The acting is fine, but the story just doesn't work on a screen.

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