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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: #51,090 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Format: DVD
A thrilling, intoxicating masterpiece, "Like Water for Chocolate" will leave you hungry, happy and hung over with its surreal vision and unforgettable performances. Some of the film's charm lies in its uncompromising vision of what it must be like to be a poor, Mexican woman, surrounded by angry sisters and petty jealousies. The food is a miracle of texture and authenticity that makes the book a recipe lover's dream. But the spiritual aspects of the movie take it someplacve else altogether....by tying food and unseen forces together, the author and director have fashioned love as a cycle of human emotion coupled with betrayal and passion. Believers and non-believers alike are asked to suspend judgement and just BE with this movie, for it raises issues and themes rarely imagined or acheived on film. A few sequences are startling - such as a wedding party where every guest is gastronimically infected by a soup that is stewed with the tears of our protagonist, and they all end up regurgitating the mixture, and in the end, understanding that true love should not be gambled away for money or superiority. Another sequence, where the middle daughter Gertudis, is literally kidnapped by a horse riding gunslinger while she sits alone in an outhouse doing her business, is hysterical, yet also painful to watch, because it symbolizes the woman's need for free choice in a world where men have so much of the power. Besides, any couple who has eloped or married without their parent's blessings will quickly make the connection to their own experience. If you can keep up with the subtitles, I'd advise against a dubbed version, for in its Spanish - eloquent, funny and dramatic - the film c aptures its truest form of communication. And food as metaphor - used in other terrific fims like "Babette's Feast" - has never been presented in such an awe inspiring manner. This is a feast to be savored every step of its delectible way.
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By EriKa on Oct. 9 2001
Format: DVD
This much loved Mexican tale is at once original, vibrant, sensual, funny, and passionate. The premise is simple: a girl, Tita, loves a man (although I cannot think of his character's name now) from the time she is young. He is also desperately in love with her. Tita is mistreated by her mother who insists that Tita's place in the family and in life is to never wed and to take care of her, and therefore prefers the charm of being in the kitchen with her grandmother. Tita learns all the secrets of working magic in the kitchen. Eventually Tita's beloved sister runs away, and the remaining sister ends up marrying the man who is Tita's one true love. This makes Tita desperately sad (and her sadness magically ends up in the food she cooks for the wedding party), but eventually she realises that her man only married Tita's sister in order to be close to her. At some point Tita's mother dies, and this creates a lot of problems for Tita. Throughout the film, Tita's culinary creations reflect the person herself-her sadness, her love, her beauty, her revenge, and so on. The film shows the magic inherent in everything Tita touches. Of course, at some point Tita leaves (if I recall she got very ill-perhaps emotionally ill). Tita ends up marrying a man and having a child. And when her child grows up, he falls in love with and marries the child of Tita's sister and Tita's one true love (the sister's husband). The ending of the film is otherworldly and despite its fantastic elements, very romantic.
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Like Water For Chocolate is an intense movie. Set in the era of Mexican society during the Mexican Revolution. Those of us who live in an area where real Mexican food is to be savored, know that the Chocolate has to do with the fact that Mexican food often has chocolate in it's non sweetened as well as sweetened form as an ingredient.
The central figure is the youngest daughter in a family with an abusive mother who wants what she wants and what the daughter wants be damned. Much of the film takes place in the kitchen which then as is now in many homes, the center of life. I love the sounds of food being prepared. And while the movie has a dark side i.e. jealousy and passionate sex with good and evil undertones, it also has rich cinema style and is one of those movies where you do not leave the room because you will miss a piece of the puzzle.
Is it a perfect movie? No. But it also isn't the empty head American type either. In fact while it is rich in many ways it is also very simple as well. A Yin Yang balance that for someone who wants a good movie that will whett ones intellectual appetite' as well as feed the eyes, is worth the money.
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Format: VHS Tape
I defenetly agree with the person who commented before me... READ THE BOOK!!! If you see the video first you might be disappointed. I can assure you that you'll fall in love with this novel from Laura Esquivel, and you might get curious about watching the video (just like me and so many others) but it is a waste of film! Of course some parts from the book are ommited and also the acting is...uh...I can't even explain it's just... pathetic! Bad choice of casting. Pedro, for example, was supposed to be a little more manly and he looked gay in the video, and what's her face...Tita was supposed to be attractive, considering that it was a passionate novel...On the other hand Mama Elena's character was great and believable and so was Nacha's, I love that lady (may God have her in heaven)...and all the rest of the cast was definetly poor, acting wise...I don't know maybe it was just the director, Alfonso Arau. Despite the bad acting, they show good scenery as well as the clothing...very appropriet. But definetly the film needs more emotion in the acting. Unlike the novel which is already full of emotion and if you don't know how to cook you can use it as a reference book. Anyway, I can stay making comments about this novel for a long time but I got class at 9:00(like you care). By the way, those who think that subtitled might be better...you're wrong...it's still bad...and I'm hispanic.
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