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Cinnamon (2012)

Canela (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 12 April 2013 (Mexico)
Maria's and her grandmother's love for cooking, and Maria's energy and creativity to change those around her. The importance of Mexican food and family traditions.


Jordi Mariscal


Marilú Acosta (co-writer), Jordi Mariscal (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Martín ... Doña Tere
Isabel Yudice Isabel Yudice ... María
Norma Angélica ... Chef Rosi
Carlos Cobos Carlos Cobos ... Lic. Suárez
Gabriela Canudas ... Beatriz
Mónica Dionne Mónica Dionne ... Jocelyn
Johanna Murillo ... Regina
Erick Cañete Erick Cañete ... Luis
Guillermo Larrea Guillermo Larrea ... Manolo
Shaula Vega ... Mamá
Marius Biegai ... Christophe Rimbault
Veronica Falcón ... Aurora García
Juan Barrientos Juan Barrientos ... Neto
Clementina Guadarrama ... Juana
Fermín Martínez Fermín Martínez ... Modesto


El Molcajete, a traditional Mexican food restaurant, downtown Mexico City, is owned by Maria's grandmother, Tere, and run by chef Rosi. After her daughter's death, Tere lost her passion for cooking and stopped working at El Molcajete. Therefore, Maria does everything to make her go back to the restaurant. Meanwhile, chef Rosi has introduced new dishes to the menu, trying to make it a light trendy cuisine. But neither Maria nor Tere will accept that the traditional flavors and cooking secrets fall into oblivion. Written by Jordi Mariscal

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Comedy | Drama | Family


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World Premiere during the Berlin Film Festival 2012, in the section Culinary Cinema. Dieter Kosslik, director of the Berlinale, attended the screening. See more »

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Don't watch this film
18 November 2018 | by pinkrose-25056See all my reviews

This is probably the worst film I have ever seen. Please do not watch this. The film is only an hour and a half but it feels much shorter because nothing happened in this film. Right where the second act of most films start this one ends. Whatever is there is so paper thin I did not even notice it. I could not tell what was going on most the time either so maybe there was a plot and I missed it. The story here is just so bad. The movie is horribly paced just horrible. Like they spend so long doing this one thing where nothing really seems to happen and you just wait for a plot to come but then all of a sudden stuff starts ramping up and you think finally this film is going tog et interesting and then it ends. There was so many characters that just did nothing. They are just there because they are there. Like they were just there to tell a few jokes which were unfunny even on kid's movie standards. The movie even has one of the worst messages I have ever seen geared towards kid's like this is just bad. The message is pretty much traditions is better than anything new and you can only do things the way they did in the past. You are not allowed to try anything new because you are doing it wrong. What a great message for kids to learn. Why couldn't the message be about how you should find a balance between tradition and innovation. How you need to try new things but still respect and learn from tradition. But nope kids need to learn that Innovation is bad. This is not a good message for children to see at all. I am not going to go into the acting for few reasons. I watched this film in Spanish so maybe the dubbed actors were different. Also I watched this movie a while back so I kind of forgot how the acting was but I remember it being fine maybe a bit awkward at times but there was nothing awful also probably most of the more rough moments in the film come from the bad script not the performances itself. The music in this film is just so annoying. Not the scores themselves they are fine, derivative and cliche but they are fine but the same like 2 or 3 songs are played repeatedly through the film really loud. It would be fine if the music was quieter and they did not play the same songs over and over again but that did not happen. The one thing I can honestly say is good in this movie is the cinematography it was shot in Mexico City and all the outdoor scenes honestly have some really nice scenery in the background. Also some of the shots were quite beautiful not just because of the location. But none of the cinematography in here is really that ground breaking it is still quite standard but some of the shots were the most and only enjoyable part of this movie. Do not watch this. Not if you are curious. Let's just let this film fade into obscurity where it belongs.

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