Movies About the Magic of Food – 4 Magical Movies for HalloweenJacob
Simple irresistible (1999)
‘Simple Irresistible’ is a film about Amanda, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. She receives magical help from a crab. (Yes, a crab). Amanda is a chef, whose small restaurant is slowly failing. He inherited it from his mother, but does not have his mother’s trust. She uses her mother’s recipes and customs, and therefore fails to keep up with modern expectations.
The crab plays matchmaker and arranged it with a man, Tom (Sean Patrick Flanery), a department store manager, who plans to open a new restaurant. They fall in love.
When Tom discovers that there is magic working in the relationship, he believes that Amanda is a witch and wants nothing to do with her. One thing leads to another, and Amanda ends up cooking at Tom’s restaurant on opening night.
How will these two overcome their personal doubts and fears, and end up together?
In ‘Chocolat’ witchcraft is simply implicit. The viewer understands that Vianne (Juliette Binoche), the new chocolate maker from a small French town, is a witch, because her chocolate has magical properties.
She begins to improve the lives of the villagers from the moment she moves in with her daughter. The town is very conservative, and most of the villagers are horrified as much by the recklessness of the newcomers as by the magic and decadence that they introduce into the lives of the villagers.
‘Chocolat’ not only touches on Vianne’s love life, but talks about the love of parents and children, friends and long-time married couples. In addition, she talks about how prejudice and xenophobia can lead to life-threatening situations in tight knit small communities.
That said, “Chocolat ‘is a romantic, warm and generally charming film.
Woman on top (2000)
‘Woman on Top’ is another movie about the magic of food. In this, Isabella (Penélope Cruz) is a great cook, and she opens a restaurant in Salvador with Toninho (Murilo Benício), her husband. He cheats on her and she flees to the United States to live with a friend, Monica (Harold Perrineau). Isabella’s kitchen inspires a television producer to create a cooking show, ‘Passion Food’, for her.
Back in Salvador, Toninho’s restaurant crashes without Isabella’s cuisine. In despair, Toninho curses Yemanja, the Goddess of Love and the Seas. Yemanja responds by keeping fish away from the sea around the village, so that local fishermen do not fish.
Toninho goes after Isabella to get her back, but Isabella in turn has asked Yemanja to harden her heart against love, a request that Yemanja answered. Since Isabella can’t feel anything now, all of Toninho’s efforts to get her back are unsuccessful. On top of that, Isabella’s show turns out to be very successful.
How will Toninho recover his Isabella? Will Isabella ever feel anything again? Will Yemanja forgive?
The film is resolved in a very sensual and romantic scene where Toninho and Isabella cook together.
Like water for Chocolate (1992)
‘Like Water for Chocolate’ probably influenced ‘Simple Irresistible’, ‘Chocolat’ and ‘Woman on Top’.
‘Like Water for Chocolate’ tells a story about a Mexican family. The family has a tradition that the youngest daughter remains single and cares for her parents. In history, the youngest is Tita, who loves Pedro. They cannot marry, so Pedro marries his sister instead, so that he can stay close to Tita.
When Tita cooks, all her feelings are infused into the food, and the story takes some surprising turns. Some of the turns are a lot of fun, some sad and some horrible.
‘Like Water For Chocolate’ is a film of traditional Latin American magical realism, which in my opinion makes it a fascinating fairy tale loaded with unexpected twists, one of which is the ending.
If you choose to watch a food magic movie for Halloween, be sure to make some really good snacks or a good dinner that you and your guests can enjoy during or after the movie. because these movies will whet your appetite.