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Director Alfonso Arau lit the international film scene ablaze with passion in his 1992 magical realist romance, Like Water for Chocolate.
In the early 1900s, a woman named Tita (Lumi Cavazos) is forced to care for her widowed mother (Regina Torné), who forbids Tita from ever marrying. Finding agency through learning how to infuse her emotions into home-cooked meals, Tita also finds herself within the romantic crosshairs of a young man named Pedro (Marco Leonardi), who strives to transcend past her personal boundaries. Tita and Pedro’s relationship soon becomes not only tested, but contrasted by conflicts both national and interpersonal across the early turn of 20th century Mexican history.
Co-photographed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Like Water for Chocolate infuses its dreamy romance with both rousing imagination and an unflinching emotional devastation.
Like Water for Chocolate screens Sunday, March 5th.
Sunday, Mar 5 – 1:30pm