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Tortilla Soup

2006-11-03 10:06

Retired Mexican-American chef Martin Naranjo shares an L.A. home with his three gorgeous, but single, adult daughters. Though he long ago lost his ability to taste, Martin still lives to cook incredibly lavish dinners for his loved ones and to serve them in a family-style ritual at traditional sit-down meals.

Although the women humor their father's old-fashioned ways, each of them is searching for fulfillment outside the family circle. College student Maribel is growing increasingly frustrated with the singles scene and wants a steady man; gorgeous career woman Carmen is fed up with her boyfriend and his wandering eye; meanwhile, eldest daughter Letitia, who has suppressed her own romantic longings, senses something missing in her life.

hings take a turn for the romantic when Dad, a widower, meets a vivacious divorcee on the lookout for a mate and each of his daughters, in turn, finds someone. But they'll all discover that the recipe for happiness may call for some unexpected ingredients.

What the critics are saying:

"...Tortilla Soup revels in the delights of bringing spectacular cooking sequences and mouth-watering dishes to the screen..."
- Laura Bushell, BBCi

"Ripoll deftly melds the comedy and pathos that drive Tortilla Soup into a story that is essentially about the strong bond of family and the clashes that can drive even the most tightly knit group apart."
- Pam Grady,

"It's a twice-told tale...but it doesn't seem remotely watered-down, thanks to the heavy Latin spicing and some felicitous character interplay."
- Harry Haun, Film Journal International

As a reworking of Eat Drink Man Woman, Tortilla Soup is hardly revolutionary - but its fresh execution and mouth-watering food should win over all but the most cynical of audiences.

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