Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

Directed By – Alfonso Arau

Screenplay By – Laura Esquivel

Cinematography By – Steven Bernstein & Emmanuel Lubezki

Starring Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné & Marco Leonardi

105 min.

I really liked this romantic period piece about a family in early 20th Century Mexico. It not only has a great set-up, an overbearing Matriarch runs a farm with her three daughters, but there’s this element of magic that pervades the entire movie that adds a layer to this tale that other movies like this don’t have. In Like Water for Chocolate magic finds itself in the form of the food the protagonist Tita makes and this is not only a truly unique way to describe the power of food but this mystical element also adds to the idea that love is magical.

I found the acting in this movie, mainly by Lumi Cavazos who plays Tita and Regina Torné who plays Tita’s mother, Mamá Elena, to be superb. And the idea that they play their roles so straight and realistic even though there is that element of magic makes this movie all the more impactful.

This movie is a love story, but it’s not just the love between a female and a male but the love of a family, the love between sisters, and the love (or absence of love) from a mother.

It’s about love but it’s also about cooking and family traditions that have long been antiquated. The pacing keeps you interested throughout and the relationships on display grow and change as the characters lives move forward through time. Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate) was surprisingly good.

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