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Como agua para chocolate (1992)

R | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 1993 (USA)
In a forgotten Mexico village Tita and Pedro fall in love, but their marriage is forbidden as to traditions. Mother Elena sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life - no youngest daughter ... 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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In a forgotten Mexico village Tita and Pedro fall in love, but their marriage is forbidden as to traditions. Mother Elena sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life - no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita's heart breaks when her mother offers Pedro her sister instead of her, and he accepted it just to live near Tita- he says. Now they live in the same house, and mother Elena cannot forbid their love as she did their marriage. Written by Anonymous

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A feast for the senses!

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Como Água Para Chocolate  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,665,500 (USA)
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When Pedro gave the roses to Tita for her 1st year anniversary as the ranch cook, it was colored peach. But when she started cooking it with the quail it was red. 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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Gertrudis: If you were still in love with Pedro, you wouldn't be marrying John.
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Estrellita
Written by Manuel M. Ponce
Performed by Pedro (Marco Leonardi) and Juan (Rodolfo Arias)
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Failed experiment
18 October 2002 | by (Earth, The Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy) – See all my reviews

I expected to like this from what I was told by friends, but it failed as a piece of magical realism and ends up being both goofy and boring. Filled with disgusting offhand comments, bizarre circumstances and completely unlikable characters, I was wondering what people saw in this.

It is pathetic when a women who runs down the road naked, becomes a prostitute and then later turns into a general in the Mexican army is the most realistic character. The rest are just one note characters who never develop into anything.

In other movies which use food as a device, the food serves to bring people together and express something about the characters who made it. In eat, Drink, Man, Woman it is food that holds the family together but is just eye-candy without real flavor until the family is allowed to grow naturally then it turns into a feast. In The Big Night, the fantastic dishes that emerge from the kitchen are not only a great feast but also express the joys that hope can bring.

In this movie, the food is only a symbolic device. It fails to nourish anything.


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