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Like Water for Chocolate LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE (R) A glazed romantic-erotic fantasy that celebrates the intermingled powers of love, imagination, and food. That these are all...Like Water for ChocolateDrama, Romance, Erotic, Foreign LanguageR LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE (R) A glazed romantic-erotic fantasy that celebrates the intermingled powers of love, imagination, and food. That these are all...1993-06-11
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Like Water for Chocolate

Genre: Drama, Romance, Erotic, Foreign Language; Starring: Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torne; MPAA Rating: R

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE (R) A glazed romantic-erotic fantasy that celebrates the intermingled powers of love, imagination, and food. That these are all abundantly good things is beyond dispute. Yet Like Water for Chocolate is a mushy, passive piece of moviemaking. Set on a Mexican ranch near the turn of the century, the film presents its heroine (Lumi Cavazos) as a creature of simple, earthy desires-St. Tita of the Divinely Minced Onion-and then sets her up against a spiteful witch of a mother. Can the power of love triumph over Victorian repression? Do we really need to watch this dilemma again? B-