Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate)Mexico | 1993 | 105 mins | Rated R | Drama, Romance
Wednesday October 23, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné
Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquival, this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale’s heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for her aging mother, Tita nevertheless falls in love with a handsome young man named Pedro. Pedro returns her affection, but he cannot overcome her family’s disapproval, and he instead marries Tita’s elder sister.
Director Alfonso Arau, Esquival’s husband at the time, presents the acts of love and cooking with the same glossy, sensual sheen. Indeed, despite occasional digressions into a magical realist tone, the film often takes on the gloss of Hollywood romance. This combination of traditional melodrama and exotic fairy tale proved extremely popular with audiences, particularly in the United States, where it became one of the highest grossing foreign language films at the time.
"A funny, touching, sumptuous, and incredibly romantic ode to the joys of love and food."
"Celebrates in most unsual and impressive ways both the magic and the mystery of love."
10 Golden Ariel (Mexico's equivalent to Oscars)