Like Water for Chocolate
Venue: Odessa Club & Restaurant, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2 Website: http://www.odessaclub.ie Price: FREE Date: Tuesday, March 20th Time: 8:00 pm
With an introduction by a representative from the Mexican Embassy: many have tried but only one film has succeeded. Bringing the Latin-American literary tradition of magic realism to the screen defeated better-known directors; but in this Mexican film, the stylised design and naturalistic performances combine beautifully with the content. Traditional Mexican dishes are evoked with authenticity. Thwarted in love, Tita becomes the cook for her extended family; into her cooking she pours her grief, tenderness and joy. Food and its preparation are an extended metaphor – from the time that Tita is born in a flood of tears (which evaporate to leave a sack of salt for cooking), to when her cooking for a wedding feast causes everyone to leap joyously for the nearest bed with the nearest partner.