Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Today’s post was contributed by D. at Make it a Double… Feature, a blog that pairs films the way a sommelier might pair a certain wine to a certain cheese (or Hostess snack cake, whatever’s handy). The clip lacks subtitles, but the visuals speak for themselves — skip to about 3:30 for the big payoff. Fortunately for us, D. is here to fill us in on the details:
Tita’s sister is marrying Tita’s true love, and the task of baking the couple’s wedding cake has fallen to her. With a brave face, one hundred eggs, and the help of the family cook, Tita completes her task. But some resentful tears have made their way into the batter, and their bitterness transmutes the finished cake into a potent instrument of justice – magic realism style.
Wedding guests who partake of the cake are seized by an irresistible longing for their true love…and, immediately thereafter, for a place to vomit. The emotional and gastrointestinal effects are swift and disastrous, and prove that a creation always bears the stamp of its creator’s emotional state.
Tita’s sister’s marriage doesn’t work out so well, either.