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Director:
Writers:
Laura Esquivel (novel)
Laura Esquivel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 February 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A feast for the senses!
Plot:
This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a love story between Pedro and Tita, and why... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 25 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Breath of Hot Oxygen: 10/10 See more (149 total) »

Cast

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Marco Leonardi ... Pedro Muzquiz

Lumi Cavazos ... Tita
Regina Torné ... Mamá Elena
Mario Iván Martínez ... Doctor John Brown
Ada Carrasco ... Nacha

Yareli Arizmendi ... Rosaura
Claudette Maillé ... Gertrudis
Pilar Aranda ... Chencha
Farnesio de Bernal ... Cura

Joaquín Garrido ... Sargento Treviño
Rodolfo Arias ... Juan Alejándrez
Margarita Isabel ... Paquita Lobo
Sandra Arau ... Esperanza Muzquiz
Andrés García Jr. ... Alex Brown
Regino Herrera ... Nicolás
Genaro Aguirre ... Rosalio
David Ostrosky ... Juan de la Garza
Brígida Alexander ... Tía Mary
Amado Ramírez ... Padre de Pedro
Arcelia Ramírez ... Bisnieta
Socorro Rodríguez ... Amiga de Paquita
Rafael García Zuazua ... Padrino
Rafael García Zuazua Jr. ... Alex de niño (as Rafael Garcia Z Jr.)
Edurne Ballesteros ... Tita de adolescente
Melisa Mares ... Rosaura de niña

Gabriela Canudas ... Rosaura de adolescente
Natalia De la Fuente ... Gertrudis de niña
Beatriz Elías ... Gertrudis de adolescente
Rodolfo Mejía ... Venerable maestro

Ricardo M. Kaplan ... Primer vigilante (as Ricardo Mendoza)
Jaime R. Rodríguez ... Maestro masón
Osvaldo Martínez ... Maestro masón
Javier Mares ... Maestro masón
Miguel Mares ... Maestro masón
Jorge Vizales ... Maestro masón
Orquesta De R. Lombra ... Musicians
Artemio Cruz ... Juan Alejandrez's Assistant
Simon ... Pulque
Chester ... Tequila
Melisa Nickliff ... Guest at John Brown's House
Mary Beth Awyer ... Guest at John Brown's House
David McKinney ... Guest at John Brown's House
Ryan Manti ... Guest at John Brown's House
Bo Hatch ... Guest at John Brown's House
Alfredo P. De Tejada ... Guest at John Brown's House
Gabriela P. De Tejada ... Guest at John Brown's House
Stacey Ashabranner ... Guest at John Brown's House
Teresa Ross ... Guest at John Brown's House
Susana Garcia C. ... Guest at John Brown's House
Billy Jagnes ... Guest at John Brown's House
K. Wickliff ... Guest at John Brown's House
Fune Kohlman ... Guest at John Brown's House
Hayde J. Rodriguez ... Soldier
Maria H. Pineda ... Soldier
Estela Lopez R. ... Soldier
Lorena Villarreal ... Soldier
Indira Sánchez ... Soldier (as Indira Sanchez)
Sonia Ruiz ... Soldier
Maria R. Flores ... Soldier
Lizet Martinez ... Soldier
Victor M. Gomez ... Government Troop
Jose F. Lopez ... Government Troop
Roberto Díaz ... Government Troop (as Roberto Diaz)
Juan A. Ramos ... Government Troop
Jaime J. Maartinez ... Government Troop
Teodoro Bastida ... Revolutionary
Jesus Aguilar ... Revolutionary
Max Geturino ... Revolutionary
Angel Sierra ... Revolutionary
Francisco Romero ... Revolutionary
Luis A. Muñoz ... Revolutionary
José Miguel García ... Revolutionary (as Jose M. Garcia)

Mario Vasquez ... Revolutionary
Jose A. Hernandez ... Revolutionary
Rogelio Cornejo ... Revolutionary
Juan Murillo ... Revolutionary
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Directed by
Alfonso Arau 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Laura Esquivel  novel
Laura Esquivel  screenplay

Produced by
Alfonso Arau .... producer
Emilia Arau .... line producer
Óscar Castillo .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Leo Brouwer 
 
Cinematography by
Steven Bernstein 
Emmanuel Lubezki 
 
Film Editing by
Carlos Bolado 
Francisco Chiu 
 
Casting by
Liza Willert (dubbing)
 
Production Design by
Marco Antonio Arteaga 
Emilio Mendoza 
Denise Pizzini 
 
Art Direction by
Ricardo M. Kaplan 
 
Costume Design by
Carlos Brown 
 
Makeup Department
Sergio Espinoza .... makeup artist
Lucero Esquivias .... hair stylist
Aurora Sánchez .... hair stylist
Julian Tejeda .... hair stylist supervisor
Julian Tejeda .... makeup supervisor
Robert Villafuerte .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jose Ludlow .... head of production
Belinda Uriegas .... production manager
Robert Warmflash .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Óscar Guarín .... first assistant director
Manuel Hinojosa .... first assistant director
Maureen Jimenez .... second assistant director
Mariana Sánchez .... second assistant director
Jorge Ramírez Suárez .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
David Ascencio .... assistant art director
Mauricio De Aguinaco .... assistant art director
Jesús Flores .... carpenter
Alejandro Santillan .... carpenter
Lisa Lopez .... buyer (uncredited)
Marina Viancini .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alejandro Baez .... boom operator
Juan Castro .... sound
Aurelio López .... sound editor
Juan Carlos Prieto .... sound engineer
Marco Welsh .... sound engineer (as Marco Welch)
Felipe Zavala .... boom operator
Jeff Timbs .... daily sound transferer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Eduardo Castañeda .... special effects assistant
Carlos Falomir .... special effects assistant
Raul Falomir .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Francisco Rodríguez .... optical effects
Manuel Sáinz .... optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Gutierrez .... still photographer
Pablo Herrero .... assistant camera
Igor Jadue-Lillo .... focus puller
Roz Naylor .... focus puller
Israel Orozco .... assistant camera
Héctor Ortega .... focus puller: second unit
Claudio Rocha .... director of photography: second unit
Moisés Salazar .... grip
Mariana Sánchez de Antuñano .... assistant camera (as Mariana Sanchez)
Arturo Velasquez .... assistant camera
Jaime Reynoso .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Víctor Balderas .... costume assistant
Maria Ines Garibay .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Alejandro Chilpa .... assistant editor
Francisco Chiu Jr. .... assistant editor
Eduardo Soto-Falcón .... assistant editor
Greg Spence .... post-production executive
 
Music Department
Annette Fradera .... music supervisor
Annette Fradera .... producer: period music
 
Other crew
Jenny Ayala .... production coordinator
Humberto Domínguez .... production assistant
Leticia Espinosa .... production secretary
Carlos Gallardo .... production assistant
Alfonso Granados .... location manager
Mark Holdom .... sales representative
Laura Pesce .... continuity
Yossy Salazar .... delegate: ANDA
Rafael Santamaría .... production assistant
Pierre Tatarka .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Ilann Girard .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Como agua para chocolate" - Mexico (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality
Runtime:
105 min | Mexico:113 min (R Rated NTSC Version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Background music while Tita and Nacha are cooking in the kitchen tells the story of a car breakdown.See more »
Quotes:
Doctor John Brown:I see you didn't touch your dinner. Sue Ellen is a horrible cook, but my son and I put up with her food. Of course, *you* don't have to.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Mi Querida CapitanSee more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Breath of Hot Oxygen: 10/10, 4 August 2002
Author: anyazontova from Los Angeles, CA

Like Water for Chocolate is a masterpiece in that it conveys the essence of our ancestors' knowledge forgotten in the fast pace of modern living.

It centers around the wonder of cooking: a sacred ritual, not a boring chore; and when done right, with love, it creates magic. Raised and taught to cook by her old Mayan nanny, Tita (exquisitely performed by Lumi Cavazos) masters the near-magical ability of transferring her love and other feelings into her creations passed into one who eats them.

The characters‘ senses are so refined, they enable everyone involved in this family drama to be tuned to the finest nuances of their world, opening the door to non-material pleasures. Rich with metaphors, their language reflects the skills of keen and sometimes humorous observation. The story brings our perception to a different level - as its characters' empathy borders on miracles and magic, and things we only sense and feel become real. Tita's virgin breasts, feeling `like dough kneaded' by strong hands, turn into mature breasts under Pedro's burning eyes (to later start lactating) - their glances, just like her food, becoming the means of communicating their forbidden love.

Yet all magic becomes wasted in the face of a man's choice. The Universe may scream into Pedro's ears about the path he is to take, but if he doesn't follow it, no magic can save him. We witness the story of a fatal attraction between two soulmates, whose passion, confined by an enslaving family tradition, lights up everyone around them... But for themselves, it's so intense, it literally engulfs the lovers in flames. Did they have an alternative? It is for the viewer to figure out.

You may ponder, however, over the young doctor's Indian grandmother saying that `each of us is born with a box of matches inside but we can't strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help. The oxygen would come from a lover's breath; the candle could be a food, a melody, a word, a caress, or a sound...' He remembers her warning, though, that `it is important to light the matches one at a time' because otherwise the heat generated would produce too dazzling a brilliance.

Thus the wisdom of the ages, just like the power, is passed here through women and the men who are in tune with them. And the intense interactions between the colorful characters of five generations extend to dead family members who continue to counsel or despise the living.

When coming into her room with Pedro after 22 years of their waiting for each other, Tita is greeted by her long deceased nanny lighting her bed and the room with multiple candles. And the consequences of one's actions carries on beyond time - as each person continues her path notwithstanding death.

Hot yellow-red colors intermixed with dense lighting rekindle one's passion for living and appreciation for the gifts and mysteries of the Mexican land. The magic realism becomes a way of living in a culture connected with its heritage.

I recommend Like Water for Chocolate to anyone who feels like he/she is lacking color and passion in life - if watched with an open mind and heart, this beautiful and enigmatic film will stir your senses and imagination and light up your box of matches!

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