||Alfonso Arau (Mexico)|
||Spanish (with English subtitles)|
A feast for the senses! Tita and Pedro want to get married, but Tita must
take care of her aging mother and is therefore forbidden to marry. Pedro agrees to wed Tita's
sister, but only so that he can be close to the woman he loves. When the guests at the wedding
eat the cake that Tita was forced to bake, they are overcome with sadness... Tita thus
discovers she can do magical things with her cooking.
The film is based on Laura Esquivel’s novel Like Water for Chocolate
(originally published in Spanish and now available in 30 languages).
Awards: at the 1992 Ariel Awards (Mexico’s version of the Oscars),
the film won multiple awards, including a Golden Ariel for Alfonso Arau (the director) and
Silver Ariels for Best Actor (Mario Martínez), Best Actress (Regina Tomé), Best
Cinematography, Best Screenplay, and Best Set Design.
Rated R (for sexuality).
About the director, Alfonso Arau
review by Robert Ebert
from Illinois State University containing links about the historical background of the film
(Mexican Revolution, etc.)