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Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
"Como agua para chocolate" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  17 February 1993 (USA)
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This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a love story between Pedro and Tita, and why they coudn't get married because Tita's mother wanted her oldest daughter to get ... See full summary »

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Regina Torné ...
Mamá Elena
Mario Iván Martínez ...
Doctor John Brown
Ada Carrasco ...
Nacha
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Rosaura
Claudette Maillé ...
Gertrudis
Pilar Aranda ...
Chencha
Farnesio de Bernal ...
Cura
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Sargento Treviño
Rodolfo Arias ...
Juan Alejándrez
Margarita Isabel ...
Paquita Lobo
Sandra Arau ...
Esperanza Muzquiz
Andrés García Jr. ...
Alex Brown
Regino Herrera ...
Nicolás
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This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a love story between Pedro and Tita, and why they coudn't get married because Tita's mother wanted her oldest daughter to get married first, and have Tita to stay and take care of her. It shows how marriage was imposed on those times, and how a love between two people can change everything. This picture set a new epoch in Mexican movies all over the world. Written by Jose Redon <jredon@mail.internet.com.mx>

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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17 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Como Água Para Chocolate  »

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$21,665,500 (USA)
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An aspiring filmmaker from Texas, who was not involved with the project, was able to spend time on set, because he was in town shooting a small budget ($5,000) full-length feature film for the Spanish home video market. That young filmmaker was Robert Rodriguez, and the film was El Mariachi, which would go on to become a hit at Sundance and launch his career. See more »

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Background music while Tita and Nacha are cooking in the kitchen tells the story of a car breakdown. See more »

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Nacha: You will be so beautiful that the first boy who sees you will want to marry you.
Mamá Elena: Nacha! Don't say that. As my youngest daughter, Tita will care for me until the day I die. She won't marry.
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Paso Del Norte
Written by Felipe Valdés Leal
Performed by Los Morales
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A deeply moving and sensuous tale of forbidden love...
10 November 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I saw Como agua para chocolate partway through on the spanish channel and was immediately entranced by it's raw beauty and emotion.Thank God for those subtitles or I would have moved on. It's a tale of old traditions in Mexico and Tita, the youngest daughter, is the one doomed to follow them.The tradition is that the youngest is to stay with her mother and take care of her and remain single the rest of her life while her oldest sister gets to marry. For Tita though, it's too much for her to bear having fallen in love with Pedro, the one that her sister is to marry. Later he admits to Tita that he only married her sister to be near her.The rest of the story is for you to uncover.

I have never seen a more romantic scene in any movie where Gertrudis runs from the burning shower down the road and is swept into the arms of her lover and carried away. It's a stunningly sensual film that is deeply moving. If you haven't seen it, watch it with a lover.That only adds to the romance of the story!


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