Films with Food
A refugee from the French civil war arrives in a desolate village in Denmark where the townspeople live a life of faith, duty and self-denial. In this delicious Danish film, the mysterious Babette decides to create a gourmet French meal for the whole town. Thought the elders are scandalized, the food, wine and sensual pleasure of the meal begin to work magic on the villagers as they enjoy Babette's feast.
Tony Shaloub and Stanley Tucci star as Primo and Secondo, two immigrant brothers who pin their hopes on a banquet honoring a famous musician to save their struggling restaurant. The Italian cooking and scenes in the kitchen will spark a craving for fine Italian fare.
Eat Drink Man Woman
Trouble is cooking for widower and master chef Chu who's about to discover that no matter how dazzling and delicious his culinary creations might be, they're no match for the libidinous whims of his three beautiful but rebellious daughters. A master in the kitchen, Chu is at a loss when it comes to the ingredients of being a father. This is a beautiful film by celebrated director Ang Lee.
The domineering chef at a fancy restaurant has her rigid routine broken when her sister dies in a car wreck, leaving behind her 9-year-old daughter Lina. Martha takes the girl in, but has no gift for maternal expression. Meanwhile, her control over her kitchen is threatened when her boss hires a buoyant Italian named Mario to assist, and Martha finds herself flailing in an effort to reestablish control of her life.
This American remake of the German film "Mostly Martha" features Catherine Zeta-Jones as the perfectionist chef addicted to her work. She struggles to adjust when her sister passes away leaving her with a little girl to raise just as a new sous-chef threatens to take over her kitchen with his high-spirited and free-wheeling ways.
Pieces of April
Rebellious daughter April Burns (Katie Holmes) has offered to host an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner for her suburban clan in her grubby Lower East Side apartment. But her attempts to create an unforgettable feast go awry when she discovers that her oven doesn't work. As her weary family makes its way to the city, April must rely on the kindness of strangers to pull off the perfect meal and the perfect memory.
Sunday dinner at Big Mama's is a mouth watering, 40 year tradition. As seen through the eyes of her grandson Ahmad, love and laughs are always on the menu, despite the usual rivalries simmering between his mom Maxine and her sisters. But when serious bickering starts to tear the family apart, it's up to Ahmad to get everyone back together and teach them the true meaning of soul food.
At the heart of this film is a young widow named Tampopo, who is struggling to make ends meet by running a noodle restaurant. Goro, a truck driver, saves Tampopo's young son from being beaten by a group of school girls and is rewarded with a bowl of very bad ramen (noodles). Goro tells Tampopo the awful truth about her cooking and she asks for his help. Together they search for the perfect ramen recipe.
Food plays a major role in this series of overlapping stories that intercut among four families (one Hispanic, one Vietnamese, one African American, one Jewish) all preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. The film features a superb ensemble of actors, including Mercedes Ruehl, Joan Chen, Julianna Margulies and Kyra Sedgewick in this sympathetic portrait of family stress and tension layered with the capacity for tolerance and forgiveness.