Thursday, January 10, 2013

Must See Foreign Films: Like Water for Chocolate

Our Must See Foreign Films Recommendation for today is Like Water for Chocolate. Braze yourself for a loooooot of passion.

Love doesn't end... it doesn't change... and it prevails. It doesn't bend... it doesn't go away... it stays and it grows stronger through time. That's essentially what Like Water for Chocolate is. It's all about how two people managed to stay in love and grew that love even when they were forbidden to ever be together.

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Narrative 

Pedro was forced to marry Rosaura even if he was truly in love with the other sister, Tita. Tita, who was also in love with him was heart broken but knew that she was doomed to be single and take care of her parents for as long as they live.

Unexpectedly, Tita was able to put her emotions to the food that she cooks. When she feels in love when she is cooking, the people who eat it feels the urge to express love too. When she is sad when she is cooking, the people who eat it feel depressed. It also became the primary "communication method" of Tita and Pedro.

The connection became so strong that it soon became evident they had to be physically pulled apart if they have any hope of being saved from the sin they are about to commit. It is this separation that puts their love to the real test. With nothing to hold on to, no promise, no memories and no hope of seeing each other again, Tita and Pedro tries to forget each other. It is this lack of desire to fight that will prove how love persists even with no effort to sustain it.



Direction

If there is anything the director did well is to project the passion that Tita and Pedro feel for each other. Passion is everywhere in the film. The camera movement moves to reveal skin and objects like the camera is making love to it. The actors move like they are always on the verge of orgasm. No element in the film is halfway. It's bright when it's bright, it's dark when it's dark. The colors are extreme, much like the passion that the characters of the film.

Last Words


It's a film of passion and the food element was almost incidental. Many believe this to be a "food movie". I don't see it that way.  Food became a recurring theme but it is not the thread that ties the movie.

Movie Info

Country     Mexico
Language     Spanish/English
Director      Alfonso Arau

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