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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Tortilla Heaven













To watch a trailer for the independant film, Tortilla Heaven, click here.


To call the town of Falfúrrias, New Mexico, population 73, off the beaten path is a colossal understatement. The tight-knit Latino and Native American farming community is isolated in the high desert with only a nondescript dirt road pointing the way into town. And so, it is a bit of a surprise that one of the finest restaurants in the state should be found in so unlikely a place. Too bad no one knows about it.

Isidor (“Izzy”) Navarro is the proprietor of “Tortilla Heaven.” He is also the town’s token heathen. While the rest of the community, including his pious wife and son, attend mass at the church across the street, Izzy busies himself with preparing food for the inevitable lunchtime crowd. Frustrated at some unruly dough, Izzy throws it onto the grill with a blasphemous curse. As if in response to his sacrilege, the tortilla begins to burn in a truly astonishing way. Before our eyes, the face of Jesus Christ appears...


This is an abridged version of a review I wrote for Christianity Today Movies. To read the rest of this review, click here.

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