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Like Water for Chocolate


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  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428476
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,529 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 24 2007
Format: DVD
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 By Mike on May 24 2003
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 By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 19 2011
Format: DVD
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
cuts.

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 By "imsighked" on Jan. 22 2002
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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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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By Jan Church on 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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By A Customer on March 29 2003
Format: DVD
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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By Mystra on Feb. 7 2003
Format: DVD
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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