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Como agua para chocolate (1992)

R | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 1993 (USA)
When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 26 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Pilar Aranda ...
Chencha
Farnesio de Bernal ...
Cura
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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
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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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When the narrator says "that night she [Tita] cried and knitted" Tita is clearly shown crocheting with one hook instead of knitting, which requires two. 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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Referenced in CSI: NY: Like Water for Murder (2008) See more »

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Jesusita en Chihuahua
Written by Quirino Mendoza
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A great film representation of magical realism
1 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'm greatly surprised at some of the negative comments for "Like Water for Chocolate", many of which state how it utterly failed to capture the passion or the mystical tone of Laura Esquivel's book.

I suppose it's only a matter of opinion(like pretty much everything, I guess), but I thought the movie represented the book's magical realism in a great way. The filmmakers knew not to exaggerate or take everything over the top(which could've been very easy), and this gives the fantastical moments-- such as all the guests becoming ill at the wedding or the shower bursting into flame as Gertrudis bathed-- an essential grounding in reality. This fact is also buttressed by the erotic musical score and the whole cast, who fit the characters from the novel perfectly IMO.

I would recommend giving the film of "Like Water for Chocolate" a go; and trying out the book as well.


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