Like Water for Chocolate (film)

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Like Water for Chocolate
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Directed by Alfonso Arau
Produced by Alfonso Arau
Written by Laura Esquivel
Starring Marco Leonardi
Lumi Cavazos
Regina Torné
Mario Iván Martínez
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Emmanuel Lubezki
Release date(s) 16 April 1992
Running time 123 min
Country Mexico
Language Spanish/English
Box office $21,665,468 (USA) [1]

Like Water for Chocolate is a 1992 film in the style of magical realism based on the popular novel, published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel.[2] It earned all 11 Ariel awards of the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures, including the Ariel Award for Best Picture, and became the highest grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the United States at the time.[3]

Plot[edit]

Tita, as the youngest daughter in a traditional Mexican family, is forbidden to marry. Therefore, when Pedro, the boy she has fallen in love with, and his father come to ask for Tita’s hand in marriage, Tita's mother, Mama Elena, refuses. Mama Elena offers her other daughter, Rosaura, and Pedro accepts in order to be closer to Tita. Tita bakes the wedding cake with tears causing vomiting, crying, and a longing for their true love in all those who eat it.

A year later, and Tita's emotions again infuse a meal that she cooks. Her heat and passion transfers to her sister Gertrudis, who, overcome with lust, attempts to cool down by taking a shower, only to be scooped up by a passing revolutionary soldier.

Rosaura gives birth to a baby boy, but Tita is the one who is able to nurse the child. Mama Elena is suspicious of Tita's intentions, and sends Rosaura and Pedro away. Tita blames the consequent death of the baby on her mother and, grief-stricken, Tita falls into a catatonic-like state.

Dr. John Brown takes Tita away to care for her in Texas. Tita eventually enters into a relationship with Dr. Brown after recovering, and reluctantly plans to marry him. Mama Elena is killed by revolutionaries, so Rosaura and Pedro return for the funeral.

Rosaura soon gives birth to a second child, Esperanza. Soon after, Dr. Brown is called away and Pedro and Tita succumb to their emotions and sleep together. Mama Elena returns to haunt Tita, convincing her that she is pregnant with Pedro's child. That night, Gertrudis returns to the ranch as a general with her revolutionary husband. She helps Tita banish Mama Elena and realize it was an imaginary pregnancy. Upon Dr. Brown's return, Tita tells him that she slept with another man and he reluctantly allows her to break their engagement.

Twenty years pass, and Rosaura dies of "severe digestive problems". Pedro confesses to Tita that he still loves her, and wants to marry her. Tita and Pedro then make love, but Pedro dies just as he has a sensuous orgasm. Tita then swallows matches, setting the entire ranch on fire in the process. The daughter of Esperanza, nicknamed "Tita" after her great-aunt, returns to the ranch and finds only Tita’s cookbook, which contained her recipes and told of her and Pedro’s love story.

Characters[edit]

Double entendre of title[edit]

The title was literally translated from the phrase como agua para chocolate, which is a common expression in Mexico and was the inspiration for Laura Esquivel's novel title.

Filming Location[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • The film won the Ariel Award for best picture.
  • Margarita Isabel won the Ariel Award for Best Actress in a Minor Role for her performance in this film.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=likewaterforchocolate.htm
  2. ^ Laura Esquivel Biography
  3. ^ Neibylski, Dianna C (1998). "Heartburn, Humor and Hyperbole in Like Water for Chocolate". In Hengen, Shannon. Performing Gender and Comedy: Theories, Texts and subtext. Routledge. p. 189. ISBN 90-5699-539-1.  Google excerpt.

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