Like Water for Chocolate: Best romantic film
Like Water for Chocolate - simply the best romantic film
I read the book before I saw the film of the same name and it was touch and go as to whether I'd watch it at all. So often, books are translated into the movies and are such a disappointment - but not this one.
If anything, the film beats the book
I didn't think that was possible. When I read a book, and perhaps you're the same, I 'see' the action in my mind's eye and what I imagine is usually very different to the imagination of the filmmakers. I have written at length about the book here.
So often, this can be because of the actors selected to play the parts. There are many reasons for them being chosen (although I imagine the days of 'the casting couch' have gone) which may be commercial rather than an exact suitability for the story. This film gets it exactly right.
What is the film about?
Well, we already know that it's a love story but it's so much more. The story starts briefly in modern day (well, the film was made in 1992) but we are quickly taken to Mexico at the time of the revolution. Here, a widow lives with her three daughters. The youngest daughter falls in love (it's a mutual) and yet her beloved is prevented from marrying because it's a family tradition that the youngest daughter doesn't marry - her role is to stay at home and look after her mother. The film follows the couple's unrequited love for twenty years.
The atmosphere, the love
In an attempt to be together, her beloved marries her sister so that they can be together in the family home. They live together, yet although he is married, their feelings don't alter. If anything, they grow more intense over the years. The photography is brilliant, the music is superb, the acting so good that you forget that you're watching 'make-believe', the plot is incredible and then ending is just astonishing .... yes, you could say that I love this film.
Food and love
My mother believed 'if you love it, feed it'.
Our heroine, Tita, believes the same and is designated as the family's cook.
Her love is so deep that she infuses the fabulous meals she cooks with her feelings.
Hero Pedro is left in no doubt about her feeling for him and they are reciprocated but can they ever be together?
See a clip from this wonderful film
Here, Pedro daringly presents Tita with roses. Her mother tells her to throw them away. Instead, Tita uses them in the dish she creates for the family dinner. Her love, her passion and her feelings are transmitted into the dish and hve a poweful affect.
Even when you own the DVD,as I do, you'll still want a copy of the book. As always, the book is more thorough. Although this takes nothing away from this magnificent film, I do see the book as essential reading.
Above, I mentioned the truly magnificent music in this film. I love having the soundtrack on CD because then I can hear the music anywhere. As soon as I hear it, the goosebumps start...
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