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The Second Most Pleasurable Thing We Do In The Dark: A Column About Movies
Movies About Food
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By Michael Sobota
- Juliette Binoche as Vianne Rocher, in Chocolat.
Chocolat (France, 2000). A woman and
her daughter set up a chocolate shop in a
small, conventional French village. Everything
changes. Blame it on the gorgeous
cinematography, literal eye-candy, and the
irresistible allure of that dark, semi-sweet
substance, which permeates the common
villager’s lives. The film features superb
performances by Juliette Binoche, Judi
Dench, and Johnny Depp.
Mostly Martha (Germany, 2001). A
stern and focused top chef (Martina Gedek)
rules her kitchen and everyone around her.
Her discipline is shattered, however, when
she takes her orphaned niece into her home
and a handsome, talented apprentice into
her restaurant kitchen. You can tell where
this is headed, but the story doesn’t get
there easily. And enroute the meals we are
treated to are amazing.
F ood is featured as a main theme in movies almost as often
as love. Sometimes, they compete to be the main course
in the same story. And international cuisine has brought
forth some of the most satisfying movies to revisit. The best of
these in my opinion is Big Night (USA, 1996), given a five-star
review in the February 2013 issue of The Walleye. Here is a spe-
cial focus on four more worthy of drooling over.
Mid-August Lunch (Italy, 2008). A
single, middle-aged man looks after his
mother in an Italian condo building. Falling
behind on his rent payments, he agrees to
look after another elderly lady, his landlord’s
mother, and her sister, on Ferragosto, the
mid-August holiday when most sensible
Italians flee Rome for the coolness of the
countryside. He accepts still another, his
doctor’s mother, and the film settles down
to preparing meals in the apartment’s
kitchen that is soon as steamy as the gossip
the signoras share with each other. And of
course, by the end of the holiday weekend,
the women don’t want to leave.
The Lunchbox (India, 2013). In
Mumbai, there is a famous food delivery
system wherein housewives in the suburbs
prepare meals and place them in intricate
four-part conical lunchboxes that are
whisked into the city and distributed to
office workers by delivery men on cycles.
A mistaken delivery sets up an intimate
correspondence and a deepening
relationship between a married but
unsatisfied woman and the lonely man who
receives her daily gourmet meals, on the
brink of his retirement. The second-best
movie about food and love!
And here are another five titles to round up an even ten gastronomic appetizers for your eyes: Soylent Green (1973), My Dinner With
Andre (1981, wherein the cuisine is the conversation), Eating Raoul (1982), Ratatouille (2007), and Toast (2010).
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