Like Water For Chocolate

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Like Water for Chocolate Evaluation Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate is written in the style of “Magical Realism”. The novel became so popular, it was turned into a movie. The director is Alfonso Arau with screenplay of course written by the author. Esquivel’s title comes from a saying common in some countries of Latin America: “Like water for chocolate,” which means to be, literally and figuratively, “at a boiling point.” In Mexico, for example, hot chocolate is often prepared by dissolving a tablet of chocolate in boiling water, not in milk (hence the expression). The novel’s main character, Tita de la Garza, uses the expression metaphorically, to signal how mad she is about having to remain in her house—as the youngest daughter—taking…show more content…
Through her cooking, Tita had a lot of power. When Tita cooked food, she could make people's feelings change. At Pedro and Rosaura's wedding, the tears Tita cried into the wedding cake because of her lost love make everyone who ate the cake start vomiting, thinking about their lost loves. Also, because Tita could hardly be near Pedro when they were on the ranch, her cooking aroused Pedro, and at the kitchen table he could hardly control himself. Although, the plot line seemed to progress rather slowly Like Water for Chocolate, soon shaped itself into a film of passion, romance, sorrow and magic.The lighting technique seemed to provide the biggest component of tone in this movie. The use of colors in the film, set the emotional tone for the viewer. Shades of sepia and rust-colored hues that blankets the screen for the majority of the film, give the viewer a sense, of a timeless, love story. The coloring also suggests a rustic feel, reflective of its historical storyline. The movie is more fantasy than anything else, it is certainly visually exciting, very fanciful and erotic. Although the movie is not for everyone, if you are a conservative reserved person, this movie may be a bit too erotic for you. The film brought out a good representation of the food. To fully comprehend the characters' actions, the viewer needs to accept the constraints of that time period, the context. Obviously, anyone who finds this story "empty"
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