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Like Water For Chocolate
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by Elaine Perrone

"A tasty Mexican feast!"
4 stars

Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate) belongs on a short list of the best food-centric movies, those food-related films that, in the telling, become, themselves, sensory feasts for body and soul.

In Mexico, it seems, the custom for preparing hot chocolate is to bring water to a boil before stirring in the rich chocolate. Here, "like water for chocolate" reflects the connection between food and sexuality, and is used as a simile for passions brought to boiling and sexual hunger at its most ravenous.

Like Water for Chocolate is a fable of "magical realism," the tale of Tita and Pedro (Lumi Cavazos, Marco Leonardi), whose unrequited love is so passionate that it infuses the food that Tita prepares and affects the emotions of all who eat it.

Tita, the youngest of three sisters, is forbidden from marrying Pedro, bound by the tradition for the youngest daughter to stay at home and care for her widowed mother until her death. When the cruel Mamá Elena (Regina Torné) instead offers him the hand of her eldest daughter, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), Pedro accepts in order to stay close to Tita.

When Tita is forced to prepare the cake for Pedro's marriage to her older sister, her tears in the cake batter send the wedding guests into paroxysms of grief. Drops of her blood, shed when she prepares quail in a rose-petal sauce, cause in her sister Gertrudis (Claudette Maillé) a sexual frenzy so great as to cause a bathhouse to spontaneously combust!

Told from the perspective of Tita's grand niece (presumably, the author of the source novel-cookbook and the film's screenplay, Laura Esquivel), the narrator describes the effect of Tita's cooking on Pedro as "invad[ing his] body voluptuously, ardently fragrant, and utterly sensual."

Similar to the sensory effects of a fabulous meal, or a night of world-class lovemaking, the words "voluptuous, ardently fragrant, and utterly sensual" equally well describe the aura of Like Water for Chocolate. In each case, an excellent way to enjoy the experience is with a playful spirit, relaxed and trusting in one's partner or the cook (in this case, director Alfonso Arau), just reveling in the pleasure of the moment!

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User Comments

1/12/10 HONEYBABE its such a great mix of love desire tradition but i didnt like the ending of the movie 4 stars
4/01/08 Marguerite The Emperor has no clothes 1 stars
1/01/08 Mel Great movie about passion and tradition. Loved it!!! 5 stars
9/21/07 Airra Too sensual; plus, it made me so damn.. never mind. 5 stars
2/25/07 gymnastics lover its okay i guess 3 stars
11/28/06 Natasha watched in in class.. a bit awkward at first.. then was sort of into it.. hated the ending 3 stars
2/07/06 john bale Beautiful feast for the senses, this allegory about food love death and desire. 5 stars
12/06/05 negro gentleman get fucked 5 stars
9/22/05 Indrid Cold Some original ideas elevate it above average, but too stilted to be very affecting. 4 stars
4/09/05 8th_Samurai Charming! 5 stars
2/14/05 Pinkline Jones Crapola in a giant laxative wrapper 1 stars
10/09/04 ELI The story was cute, but I HATED the ending. It was too stupid 3 stars
7/23/04 Antonia It was a wonderful love story where food can sometimes be a passion to win love 5 stars
6/27/02 Elizabeth Sifuentes This is a true modern version of Romeo and Juliet 5 stars
2/25/02 Butterbean Visually beautiful movie. It didn't always follow the book, but it was just as good. 4 stars
4/24/01 Jake Could have been great. Lead actress was beautiful but ineffective. 4 stars
4/23/01 nowak jo mama: you lame shit yourself 5 stars
3/15/01 brenda great movie...laughs, love, sex...what more could you want? 4 stars
3/13/01 Arda Arikan I think this film is beautiful and inspiring! 4 stars
2/08/01 Rosa Balcazar It's absolutely incredible!!!! 5 stars
11/14/00 Monica Smith I absolutely loved this film, although it started slow in action the film kept my attention 5 stars
5/21/00 Nicola Page visually and emotionally satisfying. 4 stars
3/06/00 Patricia Carolina Bonilla Rosa This book and movie where just a like and it was a wonderful master piece from Laura. 5 stars
1/23/00 Ellyn Sklar Excellent 5 stars
9/26/99 bizzkid absolutely touching, though sometimes a bit too unrealistic... 4 stars
9/21/99 Tina Didn't see movie, Book was Great 4 stars
1/10/99 Jo Mama lame foreign shit. we don't need no stinkin' chocolate 2 stars
12/28/98 Lucy B. Wonderful. What a refreshing change from Hollywood! 5 stars
11/27/98 Mr.Pink Brims with fire and passion! If you want to have sex after a movie, then this is the one! 5 stars
11/09/98 Spice lame needs help. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Feb-1993 (R)

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  02-Jul-1993 (M)




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