Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate

Lumi Cavazos
Director: Alfonso Arau Cast: Lumi Cavazos
Lumi Cavazos
, Marco Leonardi
Marco Leonardi
, Regina Torne
Regina Torne
Alfonso Arau


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
UPC: 0031398137733
Original Release: 1993
Source: Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 1,736

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lumi Cavazos Tita de la Garza
Marco Leonardi Pedro Muzquiz
Regina Torne Mama Elena
M. Martinez John Brown
Ada Carrasco Nacha
Claudette Maille Gertrudis
Yareli Arizmendi Rosaura
Pilar Aranda Chencha
Rodolfo Arias Juan Alejandrez
Farnesio DeBernal Cura
Arcelia Ramirez Great Niece--Narrator
Regino Herrerra Nicolas
Margarita Isabel Paquita Lobo
Joaquin Garrido Sergeant Trevino
Brigida Alexander Aunt Mary

Technical Credits
Alfonso Arau Director,Producer
Francisco Chiu Amador Editor
Emilia Arau Executive Producer
Steven Bernstein Cinematographer
Carlos Bolado Editor
Leo Brouwer Score Composer
Carlos Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
Oscar Castillo Executive Producer
Mauricio de Aguinaco Art Director
Farnesio DeBernal Choreography
Laura Esquivel Screenwriter
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Denise Pizzini Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
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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