The house of sprits and Like chocolate for water are romantic and tragic sagas that unfold into
a struggle between love and family tradition and ways. In the two stories a young girl
and a young man from different paths find each other and fall in love, and in both, they
are forbidden by either family to be together. In the agony of being forced to live apart
the lovers eventually come to a point where they can no longer be without one another.
Their love is so strong that regardless if they defy their families’ wish, they will do
anything to be together, even if this includes death. These European and American
stories of the tragic effect of a love so strong that it can kill sets the table for the
Mexican film novel Water For Chocolate. This novel tells about desire, love, and
rebellion, and is centered around the love of Tita and Pedro, and the struggle of Tita’s
family tradition that does all it can to keep them apart. In this movie we are given an
opportunity to see how the attitudes of the characters time and how change over true
love, once revealed, can never be held.
In the early years of the twentieth century, on a small ranch in Mexico, the story
of three sisters and their repressive mother unfolds, and Like Water For Chocolate
begins. Tita is the youngest daughter of Mama Elena, and, as such, because of a family
tradition, she is forbidden to marry or have children until after her mother's death. Tita
is agreeable to this situation until she falls in love with the dashing young Pedro. Tita
goes to her mother to tell her of Pedro’s intention to meet with her and ask for her
daughter’s and his love’s hand in marriage. Mama Elena is angered by this
announcement and upon meeting with Pedro and his father, she informs them that no
such union between him and her daughter Tita is possible because of their family
tradition. When Pedro learns that he cannot marry Tita, he agrees to an engagement
with her older sister,...