Food serves as a metaphor for romantic love in this appetizing adaptation of Laura Esquivel’s best-selling novel about hot-blooded passion and mouthwatering cuisine set on a ranch in turn of the (19th) century Mexico.
Forbidden by her tyrannical mother to marry the boy she loves, Tita (Lumi Cavasos), the film’s youthful heroine, pours all of her feelings into the meals she prepares – with truly magical results.
Viewers accustomed to a steady diet of fast food flicks may find this film a tad too exotic for their tastes. However, gourmet video buffs hungering for something different should appreciate the richly sensual imagery, literate screenplay, forceful performances and sumptuous cinematography served up by Latino director Alfonso Arau (who at the time was Ms. Esquival’s husband).
Although it was released in 1994 this flavorful fairy tale for adults has enduring appeal. (Rumor has it the book/film is being adapted into a musical.)