Like Water for ChocolateDirector: Alfonso Arau, Lumi Cavazos, Marco Leonardi, Regina Torne
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.
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- Miramax Lionsgate
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Lumi Cavazos||Tita de la Garza|
|Marco Leonardi||Pedro Muzquiz|
|Regina Torne||Mama Elena|
|M. Martinez||John Brown|
|Rodolfo Arias||Juan Alejandrez|
|Arcelia Ramirez||Great Niece--Narrator|
|Margarita Isabel||Paquita Lobo|
|Joaquin Garrido||Sergeant Trevino|
|Brigida Alexander||Aunt Mary|
|Francisco Chiu Amador||Editor|
|Emilia Arau||Executive Producer|
|Leo Brouwer||Score Composer|
|Carlos Brown||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Oscar Castillo||Executive Producer|
|Mauricio de Aguinaco||Art Director|
|Denise Pizzini||Production Designer|
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [2:16]
2. Pedro Declares His Love [2:16]
3. Chabelah Wedding Cake [4:07]
4. Quail In Rose Petal Sauce [12:51]
5. Gertrudis' Arousal [6:45]
6. Turkey Mole [1:28]
7. Bad News From Texas [10:04]
8. Matches Inside Us [6:51]
9. Magic Beef Broth [6:16]
10. Marriage Proposal [2:31]
11. Just Like Mama Elena [2:02]
12. Apparition [2:11]
13. Sister Talk [7:47]
14. Lovers' Quarrel [7:08]
15. A Talk Long Overdue [8:44]
16. Esperanza And Alex Wed [3:04]
17. Chili Peppers With Love [9:38]
18. Like Water For Chocolate [2:03]
19. End Credits [1:29]
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The movie as originally shown is a true work of art. However, the 105 minute and 113 minute DVDs, which omit 15% of the original content, leave a lot to be desired. Hopefully, someone will produce a DVD of the movie as originally released.
One good thing I saw that was good about the movie was that you could see the setting, in the book all you had was your imagination. One bad thing that I saw was that they added about three sceenes the movie that weren't in the book.
This Movie grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go until the credits role. If you love foreign films, this one is a must have.
This movie is such an amazing, beautiful story. It expresses such raw, true emotion, it is hard not to be moved by this. This is a must see and certainly a must own. The cast could not have been better. If you think about many aspects of this story, they are unbelievable. This story makes the heart believe them in an instant.
I was really impressed by this movie. I really connected with the characters, especially with Tita. I feel that, even though exagerated, the hispanic culture is represented. I find that the relationsip between Elena and Tita can be shared by many mothers and daughters.
I WAS FLIPPING THROUGH THE CHANNELS TRYING TO FIND SOMETHING TO WATCH AND I CAME ACROSS LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE AND I WAS STUCK I COULDN'T LOOK AWAY IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! I AM GOING TO BUY IT BECAUSE IT'S A MOVIE I CAN WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN I LOVED IT!!!!!
My husband and I were on our honeymoon. The Inn that we stayed at had several movies to borrow for our stay. Figuring that it was our honeymoon and that I wasn't much into foriegn or subtitle movies, we took it not expecting to watch it. Literally, we sat down and we never left our chairs! After it was done we both said, "wow, that was really good." We haven't seen it since, but we bring it up every now and then that we'd like to see it again. We've been married for over 10 years now and I am going to get it for him for our next anniversary! This movie drew us and captured us. It's a "must see" for everyone, at least once!!
In this movie the actors showed the characters with great emotion. You actually think that you are watching live television when watching them. The movie left out some entire scenes though. On how certian characters had some experiences happen to them. And that took away from the fullness of the movie.This is a wonderful movie for people who like romance and families hard times and survival.
I am currently reading LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE at the moment for the 5th time and still I find the majestic tale of two young lovers forced apart because of idiotic tradition that should have never come into existence in the firsr place. Pedro and Tita's undying love for each other is on of the most miraculous emotions I have ever sensed. While reading it felt like I could feel the passion, sorrow, loss, joy, jealousy, lust, and vengence tyhat the chaarcters feel. This book is truly a " everyone must read" book. As well you learn some life lessons, as well as so recipes that can ease that soul.
I have never been so attached to a movie.
If you never thought you could smell things from a book you are reading and from a film you are watching, you must read ''Like water to chocolat'' and see its movie. The best connection between book and film I haver ever seen. One like the other. THE BEST!!
Probably the most powerful cultural movie I've ever seen in my life. Although my heritage stems from what I saw in the movie, it is still shocking to see how other countries deal with the every day thing called ''Love''...Full of emotions and keeping you at constant attention. We all know we take love for granted and then there are people who are forbidden to feel what comes natural to us.