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By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Subtitled film about grief and cooking is heavy but sweet.

Movie PG 2013 101 minutes
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CANELA is a vibrantly shot, heavy, but uplifting subtitled film about a young girl's passion for cooking and her love for her family. Set in Mexico, it's a sweet tale of grief, intergenerational love, and what it means to honor tradition and still live in the present, and it nimbly intertwines the pain of grief with the joy of childhood and the mischief of adventure.

Kids (and parents) who enjoy cooking will appreciate the comical kitchen rivalry. Parents can appreciate the arguments here for tradition versus flash-in-the-pan trends as well as the terrific girl role model found in Maria. But, for all its humor, due to more mature themes of grief and loss, it's best for older kids.

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