Savory food and spicy people are all that are needed for the recipe that is Tortilla Soup. A movie where the only thing more exciting and colorful than the food are the actors. Tortilla Soup is a cinema gem when it comes to showing that love plus food plus family equals the perfect recipe.
With an all-star cast featuring cinematic headliners like Hector Elizondo, Raquel Welch and Elizabeth Pena, Tortilla Soup breathes life into the world of a Hispanic-American family and their daily triumphs and tribulations.
Here, the food is not the only main ingredient in the pot – add a pinch of three restless adult daughters, a dash of secret love and a hint of loss to the recipe and the storyline comes to a quick boiling point.
A Pinch of restless daughters lead by the patriarch Martin, the Naranjo sisters are starting to feel stifled by their father. While some are more boisterous than others – each is rebelling in their own way.
Marible, the youngest of the three (and possibly the most restless) is caught between her father’s direction for her life and the recipe for it that she is just starting to perfect. Leticia, the caretaker of the family is a school teacher who is finally starting to let go of her father’s hand and reach for another is also caught between a sense of duty and her heart.
Enter Carmen into the recipe. The cookie cutter image of her father’s dreams for his daughters, who tosses caution to the wind and redefines her life’s goal one recipe at a time. But its kind-hearted Martin’ with his whisk and heart steeped in tradition, which switches the ingredients of the Naranjo family and throws his daughters for an interesting emotional loop.
Add a few dashes of secret love and you find yourself wondering if you’ve missed a scene or two in the movie. Don’t worry, you haven’t. But two of the most unlikely characters will throw your emotional taste buds a very interesting curve.
Loss makes itself known in various different ways in the Tortilla Soup recipe. Although each loss is a necessary part of the story, each is none of the less painful and has a ripple effect on each character.
Despite the elements of loss representing a sour ingredient in the Tortilla Soup recipe, it’s counteracted with a sweet moment shared between one or all of the characters which causes the element of love and family to rise to the surface.
Although this movie has been sitting on the cinema shelf for 10 years; the settings, characters and plot are all still as fresh and exciting as the day it simmered to life on the big screen. With every viewing of this delectable story, you will feel at home with the Naranjo family and wish that you too were invited to a Sunday dinner.