Note: Although I've only seen this DVD release, and quite enjoyed it, I also hesitate to
recommend it, as I know it has substantial cuts from the original. I haven't been able
to find any more complete versions on video.
That said, I still found this a warm, funny, bittersweet, moving fable about three
sisters, their horrific mother and their lives and loves in early 20th century Mexico.
Feels epic in scope, despite only being 1:45 long. That does mean a few things get rushed,
and there are moments that edge into too cute. Perhaps that is the effect of the above mentioned
But for the most part, this mix of romance, cooking, melodrama, gentle satire
and magical realism works wonderfully well, and the constant use of food as a
metaphor for sex, and for life feels original and creative.