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Like Water for Chocolate [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XVMCMG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,495 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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. The lovestruck young woman is brutally disappointed, and her sadness has such force that it infects her cooking: all who eat it her feel her heartbreak with the same intensity. This newly discovered power continues to manifest itself after the wedding, as Tita and Pedro, overcome by their denied love, embark on a secret affair.

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film is a feast for the eyes. Based upon the best selling novela of the same name by Laura Esquivel, who also wrote the screenplay, the film successfully captures this tale of forbidden love. Well directed by Laura Esquivel's husband, Alfonso Arau (The Magnificent Ambersons, A Walk In the Clouds), the cast delivers wonderful performances in this mystical tale.
During the early twentieth century in Mexico, just south of the border, a girl catches the eye of boy. A number of years later, the boy, Pedro, now a young man, speaks to the girl, Tita, now a young woman, and declares his heartfelt, passionate love for her. Pedro (Marco Leonardi) wants Tita (Lumi Cavazos) to marry him.
He and his father meet with Tita's mother, Elena (Regina Torne), and ask if she would give her consent to a union between Pedro and Tita, Elena's youngest daughter. Elena forbids such a marriage to take place, as it is an unbroken family tradition that the youngest daughter remain single, so that she may take care of her mother until the mother dies. Such is the destiny of Tita. Elena, instead, cruelly offers to have her oldest daughter, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), marry Pedro.
Surprisingly, Pedro agrees to marry Rosauro, his twisted logic being that this is the only way he can be close to Tita. Thus, begins an untenable situation. Tita, forced by her selfish, harridan of a mother to prepare the wedding feast for Rosaura and Pedro, begins a lifelong sublimation of her passion and emotions with food. Its mystical properties become self evident in the expert hands of Tita, as she becomes a superlative cook. She has the ability to imbue the food that she prepares with the fervor and feelings, both good and bad, that she dare not express.
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Format: VHS Tape
This film is ultimately based on a very old Mexican tradition, whereby the youngest daughter of the family is fated to be a spinster in order to look after her mother. This is a very forlorn film but nevertheless, excellent. Food also plays a major part in this film. It is a beautifully made film and I recommend those who can read Spanish to read this novel by Laura Esquivel.
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Format: DVD
I have to say that "Like Water for Chocolate" is one of my most favourite books of all time. But after watching the film version, I have to say that if I had watched the film first, then I probably wouldn't have read the book. Its really sad because the film really doesn't do the story justice. There's so much more to the story than is shown in the film, and a lot of it is a bit difficult to understand, especially if you haven't read the book beforehand. I'd definitely recommend reading the book instead, or at least reading it before watching the film.
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Format: Blu-ray
Based on the 1989 novel by Laura Esquivel, and hugely popular and critically lauded on its release in 1992, this Mexican film is the quintessential “magic realism” picture. Magic realism is where the existence of magic is accepted in an otherwise rational, everyday universe. Here it means that the food poor Tita (Lumi Cavazos) makes is infused with all the sadness and joy she happens to be experiencing at the time.

So, when her monstrous mother Elena (Regina Torné) tells Tita she’ll never be married, and that her true love Pedro (Marco Leonardi) will wed her sister instead, Tita’s tears poison the wedding banquet and cause the guests to collapse into sobbing themselves, and then violently vomit.

Opening in 1895, the film spans about 40 years, although it’s very fast-moving. There’s a birth and a funeral in the first five minutes. It’s a heady, dizzying narrative, with every melodramatic scene seemingly another revelation: another pregnancy or untimely death, as Tita and Pedro dance a merry (and not-so-merry) dance around the entrenched family values and traditions of the time.

Throughout, food is the real star, Alfonso Arau’s camera lovingly sticking its nose into myriad dishes while the humans bicker and weep. There’s something paradoxically powerful about a feminist story told mostly in kitchens. It’s a film about sensations; specifically, how social conventions deny human sensations. The “food of the gods” scene, which culminates in Tita’s sister trying to dowse her lust and setting the water-shed on fire, is wildly erotic. Jane Campion’s The Piano would be released the following year, and that too would make deeply sensual use of buttoned-down desires finally unleashed.
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I saw this film several years ago and it made a great impression on me then as a very beautiful and moving film that was well crafted which makes it memorable. The strong emotions that are portrayed in this film are of people living in Mexico at that time, are very tangible since they are treated sympathetically. The acting by all the cast is superb and the production is excellent. I bought this when I saw it had been remastered on Blu-Ray and I am very pleased with the quality on wide screen format. This is a film that I will watch again since it is one that deserves repeated viewings.
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