Like Water for Chocolate | Chicago Reader

Like Water for Chocolate

Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquivel, who adapted her own work for the screen, this delightful piece of magical realism (1992) from Mexican director Alfonso Arau contemplates the unrequited love of a single woman for her brother-in-law, which can be expressed only through the sensual meals she prepares for him. (The original novel even contained recipes.) The title, incidentally, derives from a Mexican slang expression that means, approximately, “ready to boil.” With Lumi Cavazos, Marco Leonardi, and Regina Torne. In Spanish with subtitles.

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