Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Como Agua Para Chocolate
Mexico, 1992. Arau Films Internacional, Aviacsa, Cinevista, Fonatur, Fondo de Fomento a la Calidad Cinematográfica, Gobierno del Estado de Coahuila, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Secretaria de Turismo. Screenplay by Laura Esquivel, based on her novel. Cinematography by Steven Bernstein, Emmanuel Lubezki. Produced by Alfonso Arau. Music by Leo Brouwer. Production Design by Marco Antonio Arteaga, Emilio Mendoza, Denise Pizzini. Costume Design by Carlos Brown. Film Editing by Carlos Bolado, Francisco Chiu.
Food movie lovers will definitely not want to miss this romantic classic, nor will those with a penchant for Latin American literature. Tita (Lumi Cavazos) is the youngest of three daughters in a wealthy Mexican home who is thwarted in love with the man she wants to marry (Marco Leonardi). In her family, the tradition is that the youngest daughter takes care of their mother (Regina Torné) in her old age, and Tita’s mother is certainly not someone who breaks with tradition. To soothe her broken heart, the young heroine pours all her love and affection into her cooking, coming up with magical concoctions that have visible effects on those who partake in the repasts she conjures up. A dish cooked up during her sorrow sends diners running away crying, while made during a more erotic moment will get everyone into a sexual frenzy. Gorgeously photographed with a strong screenplay by Laura Esquivel from her own novel of the same name, this is one of the most successful foreign-language films ever released in the United States (it held a box office record until Life Is Beautiful was released four years later).
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film