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Like Water for Chocolate

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for your heart and soul June 24 2007
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
When I was in college, I majored in Fashion Merchandising Mgt., and as part of one of my Read/Writing WKSHP courses, I had to read this book. After reading it, I realized it was a wonderful book. I don't know what I had done with book but that was back in 1994. I was at the library one day and I spotted it and rented it out. It was not my first time seeing it either. The movie is sensual, playful, and extremely evocative. It helps that the source material, Laura Esquivel's novel, is also exquisite and unusual (using recipes as a structural device, much in the way diary entries have traditionally done). Alfonso Arau visualizes the novel brilliantly; this was one rare case where the literary work and the film are complementary instead of in competition. Ironic, then, that this bittersweet romance of almost mythic emotional force came from the collaboration of Esquivel and Arau, who are divorced.

This film is about Tia, a Mexican girl who wants to marry a boy named Pedro. Her only problem -- and it's a bad one -- is her mother, Mama Elena. Mama Elena upholds an old family tradition where the youngest daughter is to stay home and take care of her mother. It's a good idea in theory, but in practice somebody obviously failed to consider what might happen to the youngest daughter when the mother dies. Because Mama Elena insists that Pedro marry Rosaura and not Tita, Pedro does marry Rosaura -- but only to be near Tita. Tita has to cook the wedding feast, and her tears fall into the batter of the wedding cake. And the magic begins.

The two primary actresses are excellent. I really wanted Tita to find happiness -- especially with Pedro. As for Mama Elena, I hated her enough to want to strangle her. Kudos to the actress who played her for creating such a despicable part.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing body of work May 24 2003
By Mike
Format:VHS Tape
I will admit at the outset that romance style films rarely interest me.
That being said, this film is over the top as far as "reality." Regardless of the lack of "reality," it is one of the best films on the market.
Within the span of viewing, we are charmed, saddened, humored, and basically brought into a fantastical world of magic, culture and food.
This is a great "date" movie and one that will charm you with repeated viewings. Highly recommended and well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An endorsement with a caveat. May 19 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Like Water for Chocolate is a stunning movie about an early 20th century Mexican girl who suppresses her love for a boy to meet cultural expectations that a family's youngest daughter remain unmarried to care for her aging mother. Forced to repress her love, she channels her passion into cooking for the family. The stylistic features of this movie reminded me of the filmmaking of Fellini. This particular version of the movie was spoiled, in my opinion, by some rather emotionless reading of the parts by the persons hired to dub the film in English. Don't be disappointed -- get the Spanish language, English subtitled version and enjoy the original passion of the film. The Spanish language version rates two more stars, for a total of five.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy a good love story April 6 2013
By Mystik
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this unusual love story just as much as I first saw it.

If you love a good love story then I would suggest to rent this movie first before buying it, just so you make sure you love it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dec 4 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD arrived in good time and in Excellent shape.I borrowed a friend's to watch first but wanted a copy to share with my family. Thank You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully funny March 29 2003
By A Customer
Don't let the subtitles distract you. Actually they become irrelevant as the movie progresses. It is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Captivating, funny, very simple it takes us into a world were reality and magic are so deeply interwined that magic is part of the real world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passion And Mystery Feb. 7 2003
By Mystra
A wonderfully passionate film with the undertones of the mysterious magic that happens in the heart of the home - the hearth. Reaching out to everyone through comfort and food, bringing them together no matter if they are villainous or pure. Like Water for Chocolate is a wonderful moive on so many levels. I first saw this film as an educational film in Spanish class and fell in love with it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This movie is "erotic and delectable"?
The story opens on a Mexican rancho in 1910, as Tita is being born. Her harsh mother proclaims that the girl will never marry, but will stay at home and care for her mother all her... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2008 by Kona
3.0 out of 5 stars Distasteful Concept of Love
The love story, the core of this film, is just not compelling. She's weak; he's self-centered. She happens to use food to express her suppressed emotions. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2003 by Aaauger
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the subtitles
I discovered this book/movie many years ago and it is a wonderful story. I purchased it a few years ago on DVD so I could listen (English dubbing) instead of reading the English... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars nuestras bellas tradiciones
es una exelente pelicula en la cual muestra algunas de nuestras tradiciones y costumbres a veces un tanto crueles y que simpre va a haber alguien en la familia que las rompa por... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2002 by "christian_2702"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Delightful Film.
This film was played in my Spanish class the day UNFORTUNATELY I had missed. All my classmates raved about how good the film was. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2002 by KiKi
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, funny, and touching
I enjoyed this movie greatly. There is something "about" foreign (i.e., non-USA) films that attracts me. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2002 by Andrew Parodi
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