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Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck: Like Water For Chocolate

Marty McFly and Doc Brown had the Delorean to go travel through time; We have the Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck. Every week, we’ll hop in our time traveling machine, gun it to 88 MPH, and go back in time to bring you the best from the good ol’ days. Will it be a clip from an old telenovela? An old school music video? Stick around and find out!

By Jack Tomas

I’m not much into “romantic movies”. The women in my life say it’s because I’m too cynical, but I don’t think so. The problem with most movie love stories, especially romantic comedies, is that the ending is unearned. Sure, the couple get together at the end, but is it because it’s what makes sense in the narrative or is it because the filmmakers have forced it into a happy ending? I have none of these reservations about one of the best love stories ever put on film, 1992’s “Como Agua Para Chocolate” or “Like Water For Chocolate”. The ending is earned, and then some.

The movie is based on the amazing book by Laura Esquivel of the same name. You should go out and buy it after you finish reading this article. It tells the tale of a young Mexican girl named Tita living during the time of the Mexican Revolution. Tita lives on a hacienda with her two sisters and her evil biz-natch of a mother. She learns how to cook from her old Indian housekeeper and her cooking develops alchemical properties, (remember this is magical realism). She falls in love with a good-looking bo-hunk named Pedro, but when Pedro asks for Tita’s hand in marriage the aforementioned evil mom says no. The reason is that in their family they have a tradition that the youngest daughter stays unmarried and takes care of the mom until she dies. Even I wanted to punch the mom to death. So, Pedro does what any self-respecting bo-hunk does: he marries Tita’s annoying sister Rosaura in order to be close to Tita. Over the next 40 years, Tita’s love for Pedro shows itself in several magical moments mostly involving food. It’s heartbreaking, yet delicious.

“Like Water For Chocolate” is still the highest grossing Spanish language movie ever released in the U.S. It won several awards, including 11 Ariel Awards, (the Mexican Oscars). It was directed by the great Mexican actor-director Alfonso Arau. In case you don’t know, he is friggin’ El Guapo from “The Three Amigos”. Yes, the in-famous El Guapo made one of the great movie love stories of the last twenty years. That fills me with a “plethora” of feelings.

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