Like Water for Chocolate Film Review The film adaption of the book Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel is an excellent portrayal of frustrated love experienced by Tita and Pedro. The story focuses on Tita, the youngest daughter in a traditional Mexican family. Trapped by Mexican tradition, she has been forbidden to marry, forced her to care for her mother until the day she dies. In an act of desperation, Tita¶s passionate love, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura to stay close to her. The unusual and refreshing element of the story is the innovative cooking and family recipes, used to tell the story. Through Tita¶s love of cooking she shares her frustration, passion, her joy and grief in the delectable dishes she prepares. Throughout the film we are introduced to Mama Elena, Tita¶s hard, domineering mother who arranges Pedro¶s marriage to Rosaura. We meet Nacha, Tita¶s mentor in cooking and comfort as well as Tita¶s two sisters Gertrudis and Rosaura. The film effortlessly transfers the themes love, family, tradition, marriage and loyalty from the book to the film. The magic realism, typical to Latin American authors and used in the book is a constant feature. The story is beautifully told through the impressive landscapes and the ability of the film to show the power of Tita¶s emotions, which, she may be able to hide from her family, yet she cannot disguise in her passion for cooking. Her connection with the kitchen intensifies further in the movie, as she puts on a happy face for guests and family but uses the kitchen and her cooking as her refuge to succumb to her grief. No matter the circumstances Pedro and Tita¶s love remains as unyielding as the day they met. Despite Tita¶s sorrow at Pedro marrying her sister he refuses to renounce his love for Tita, telling his father« ³I am going to marry with a great love for Tita that will never die.´ Alexandra Green Year 11 IB ENGLISH Like Water for Chocolate Film Review 1 Alexandra Green Year 11 IB ENGLISH Like Water for Chocolate Film Review 1
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