#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Tita is passionately in love with Pedro, but her controlling mother forbids her from marrying him. When Pedro marries her sister, Tita throws herself into her cooking and discovers she can transfer her emotions through the food she prepares, infecting all who eat it with her intense heartbreak.
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A Breath of Hot Oxygen: 10/10
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!
Let it cast its spell on you
When I first saw this movie, I thought I didn’t like it. But when I found that I could think of nothing else for the next several days, I realized that it had cast its spell on me. Indeed, it will take you to a magical place if you let it.
The plot is apparently a common one in Spanish literature. A woman in a loveless but proper marriage has three daughters. Shortly after the birth of the youngest, her husband dies, leaving her a widow with a ranch to run and three daughters to raise. Family tradition dictates that the youngest daughter must never marry, but rather stay and care for the mother as she ages. It is this youngest daughter, Tita (Lumi Cavazos), that we follow as she struggles with this oppressive tradition, which her mother, Elena (Regina Torne) forces upon her. Tita, a beautiful young woman, is loved by Pedro (Marco Leonardi), but his request for her hand in marriage is spurned by Elena, who suggests he marry her eldest daughter, the homely Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi). Pedro does this so he can live at the ranch and be near Tita. Tita’s other sister, Gertrudis (Claudette Maille) and her nurse, Nacha (Ada Carrasco) are sympathetic to her plight. Rosaura is oblivious of Pedro’s preference for her sister. Elena, however, is quite well aware of it, and it only serves to enhance her cruelty towards Tita. It’s a no win situation for Tita, but she manages to make the best of it, by putting her repressed emotions into her cooking, with some surprising results.
It’s not the pleasantest of stories, nor the most sensible. One would think that Elena, who is supposed to be a fairly intelligent woman, would treat Tita more kindly since she is forcing Tita to stay with her. Their conflict resonates throughout the movie, driving the story along with a great deal of power. Along the way, we get a little magic, a lot of humor, and an unfortunately tragic ending. And it is a tale that stays with you long after the movie has finished.
The acting is wonderful. Cavazos gives us a heroine you can’t help liking. Balancing her is Torne, who plays Elena with malice that would give even Joan Crawford pause. Arizmendi does a nice job with Rosaura, giving us a character who starts out pleasant enough, but whose upset at what befalls her causes her to become just like her mother. Maille’s Gertrudis is a wonderful, if slightly manipulative, free spirit. Leonardi’s Pedro is a bit wimpy, making me wonder what Tita and Rosaura see in him, but still turns in a good performance.
The cinematography is gorgeous, giving an enjoyable view of the Mexican countryside. And the presentation of the food is stunning, making your mouth water.
This film is a delight for the senses, and one that is well worth seeing.
Original Language es
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min), 1 hr 53 min (113 min) (R Rated NTSC Version) (Mexico)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Alfonso Arau
Writer Laura Esquivel (novel), Laura Esquivel
Actors Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné, Mario Iván Martínez
Awards Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 26 wins & 12 nominations.
Production Company Arau Films Internacional
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm