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'Like Water for Chocolate'

June 01, 1997|Michael Wilmington

The most popular foreign film of all time is writer Laura Esquivel's 1992 adaptation of her century-spanning period novel. Directed by her then-husband, well-known actor Alfonso Arau, the film is a 10-course feast of magic realism: a rapt tale of a cursed upper-class Mexican family whose sexual repressions are exorcised in sumptuous banquets, while lovers wait a lifetime. With Lumi Cavazos (pictured), Marco Leonardi and Regina Tome (Bravo Sunday at 7:05 p.m. and midnight; Monday at noon).

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