Like Water For Chocolate

Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquivel, who adapted her own work for the screen, this delightful 1991 piece of magical realism from Mexican director Alfonso Arau contemplates the unrequited love of a single woman for her brother-in-law, which can be expressed only through the sensual meals she prepares for him. (The original novel even contained recipes.) The title, incidentally, derives from a Mexican slang expression that means, approximately, ready to boil. With Lumi Cavazos, Marco Leonardi, and Regina Torne. In Spanish with subtitles. 113 min. (JR)

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