23 Films about... Food & Cooking
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Babette's Feast (1987)
A decadent Danish film about two religiously zealous sisters who take in a French cook, Babette, who creates a lavish and expensive feast on behalf of the hospitality of them and their congregation. The food, however, has a strange effect,as old romances are rekindled & old wrongs are forgotten.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Based on Laura Esquivel's novel of the same name, Like Water For Chocolate tells the story of Tita, an excellent Mexican cook who is forbidden from marrying because of family tradition. When her sister marries the man she loves, she finds a magical way of expressing her repressed sexuality through her food.
Based on Roald Dahl's Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, this magical story about an eccentric candy maker who initiates a lottery to allow five lucky children into his dream-like factory. In 2005, Tim Burton remade it with the original book title, and starred Johnny Depp & Freddie Highmore.
Super Size Me (2004)
Independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock documents his gut-wrenching journey as he records his health and overall well-being while being on an entirely McDonalds diet.
A so called "Ramen Western" (A parody of the Italian Spaghetti Westerns), two truck drivers teach a widow and her child the art of Ramen making, and help turn her dilapidated shop into a paragon of noodle making. The storyline is punctuated with small vignettes revolving around people and how they react and influence food.
Set in an apartment building in post-apocalyptic France, the story revolves around a new young tenant who discovers the landlord lures people, kills, and butchers them to provide a cheap meat to sell in his butcher shop.
Remy, an anthropomorphic rat with a heightened sense of taste and smell, dreams of someday being a great chef, by chance, stumbles upon an untalented cook named Linguine, and the two of them build a symbiotic relationship to master French cuisine.
Based on the Joanne Harris novel, Chocolat paints a delicious portrait of a young drifter who moves into a strict, uptight, Catholic, French town, where she opens a chocolaterie that releases the town folk's wildest inhibitions during Lent.
Based on the actual life of 17th century French chef Francois Vatel, the great chef, who is preparing a feast for a condescending prince, must deal with his social standing while falling in love with the King's mistress.
Soylent Green (1973)
Set in a dystopian, overpopulated, polluted, future, a New York Police detective investigates the murder of a wealthy businessman which makes him question the Government processed food rations "Soylent Green" and what it's made of.
Julie & Julia (2009)
This film contrasts the life of Julia Child, a respected and revered cook who brought French cuisine to American mainstream, and the life of New Yorker Julie Powell, who takes the challenge of cooking all 524 of Child's recipes in a year exactly.
Fast Food Nation (2006)
The lives of several people revolve around a fast food corporation and the corruptions it hides, including: A marketing director who investigates fecal matter in the meat, illegal immigrants who's legal standing makes them susceptible to neglect, activists who plan on freeing the cows from a slaughter camp, and a young girl working to pay her way through college. Loosely based on the best-selling nonfiction novel of the same name.
When an English gangster takes control of an upscale restaurant, his wife begins an affair with a bookshop owner with the help of the restaurant staff.
The Big Feast (1973)
Four friends gather in a villa for the sole purpose of eating themselves to death.
Big Night (1996)
When their competition promises that Louis Prima will dine at their failing restaurant, two Italian brothers, one an experienced chef, the other a hopeful hard worker, prepare for the big night by perfecting the course and the atmosphere.
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
A semi-retired master chef of the Taipei Grand Hotel, Chef Chu, has three beautiful daughters, each of which has a hectic and problematic love life that changes the family dynamic.
Dumplings (Nouvelle cuisine) (2004)
An aging actress wishing to reclaim her youth goes to a woman who makes dumplings that supposedly have regenerative properties. However, they contain a gruesome secret ingredient. Originally, this film was a short in the Fruit Chan, Park-Chan Wook, Takashi Miike collaborative film "Three... Extremes" in 2004.
An expecting waitress in an abusive relationship enters a pie contest where she indulges her hopes and dreams into her cooking, hoping it will fund a new life for her elsewhere.
Woman on Top (2000)
A motion sickness cook balances a tumultuous relationship with an ex while trying to balance hosting a Brazilian cooking show with her transsexual best friend.
Sweeney Todd, an English barber and serial killer, murders his customers with a straight razor and with the help of his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, processes their corpses into meat pies. Based on the Steven Sondheim, Tony-award winning, 1979 musical play.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
A Depression-era relationship between two women, Ruth and Idgie, and a 1980s friendship between Evelyn, a middle-aged housewife, and Ninny, an elderly woman, is paralleled by a favorite southern dish and the small cafe that serves it.
Soul Food (1997)
A young boy attempts to get his family together for their traditional Sunday dinner, even though secrets, liaisons, medical emergencies, and long-held grudges attempt to force them apart.
Mostly Martha (2001)
A workaholic chef has to learn how to balance a work life, social life, and love life, when she takes on a new sous chef.
Hunger, the natural and instinctual need for food, tends to rise above the superficial desire, as humans have turned food into an art, a social construction, a job, a facet of spirituality, and even a part of sexuality. The following is a list of creative and culinary films that express the desire, love, work, friendships, and spirituality that humans have revolved around food.
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