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Slab Cinema presents heartwarming film Tortilla Soup at Mission Marquee Plaza Saturday

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Slab Cinema will present Tortilla Soup at the Mission Marquee Plaza on Saturday. - SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS
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  • Slab Cinema will present Tortilla Soup at the Mission Marquee Plaza on Saturday.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the comedy-drama Tortilla Soup is an underappreciated Latino film, probably because Real Women Have Curves came out a year later.

Whatever the reason it didn’t get as much attention, Tortilla Soup is a funny and heartfelt movie based on Ang Lee’s 1994 Chinese film Eat Drink Man Woman.

In Tortilla Soup, a Mexican American chef named Martin Naranjo (Héctor Elizondo) has lost his sense of smell and taste since becoming a widower.

He shares his home with his three adult daughters. The youngest is Maribel (Tamara Mello), who’s moving too quickly into a new relationship; Carmen (Jacqueline Obradors), who shares her father’s passion for cooking; and Leticia (the late Elizabeth Peña), a high school chemistry teacher who has a crush on the school’s baseball coach Orlando (Paul Rodriguez).

The film also stars Raquel Welch and Constance Marie.

During a recent interview with the Current, Rodriguez said he fondly remembers a scene he shared with Welch during production. “When I was a kid, I had a poster of her in my room that helped me through puberty,” he said. “She is a beautiful lady.”

Free, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 212-9373, slabcinema.com.

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