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Story

Expect to be very hungry (and perhaps amorous) after watching this contemporary classic in the small genre of food movies that includes Babette's Feast and Big Night. Director Alfonso Arau (A Walk in the Clouds), adapting a novel by his former wife, Laura Esquivel, tells the story of a young woman (Lumi Cavazos) who learns to suppress her passions under the eye of a stern mother, but channels them into her cooking. The result is a steady stream of cuisine so delicious as to be an almost erotic experience for those lucky enough to have a bite. The film's quotient of magic realism feels a little stock, but the story line is good and Arau's affinity for the sensuality of food (and of nature) is sublime. You might want to rush off to a good Mexican restaurant afterward, but that's a good thing. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Marco Leonardi

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Alfonso Arau
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 114 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 17, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 14, 2003
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