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Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

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

Director:

Alfonso Arau

Writers:

Laura Esquivel (novel), Laura Esquivel (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 26 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Pilar Aranda ... Chencha
Farnesio de Bernal Farnesio de Bernal ... Cura
Joaquín Garrido ... Sargento Treviño
Rodolfo Arias Rodolfo Arias ... Juan Alejándrez
Margarita Isabel Margarita Isabel ... Paquita Lobo
Sandra Arau Sandra Arau ... Esperanza Muzquiz
Andrés García Jr. Andrés García Jr. ... Alex Brown
Regino Herrera Regino Herrera ... Nicolás
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A feast for the senses!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aci Çikolata See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,665,500
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R Rated NTSC Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An aspiring filmmaker from Texas, who was not involved with the project, spent 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 became a hit at Sundance and launched his career. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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.
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Alternate Versions

The International version is color-corrected, and some voices were re-dubbed in the English spoken language scenes. Includes sex & nudity scenes. See more »

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Referenced in Gray Matters (2006) See more »

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Jesusita en Chihuahua
Written by Quirino Mendoza
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A deeply moving and sensuous tale of forbidden love...
10 November 2003 | by entrapment27See 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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