The 15 Best Food Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

IndieWire | 6/11/2018 | Staff
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Last Friday, we woke up to the tragic news that beloved chef / writer / traveler / movie-lover Anthony Bourdain had died. Among his other notable virtues and accomplishments, no one had ever put so many different meals on screen, or served them to us with such rich context.

In that spirit, we asked our panel of critics to name the most appetite-whetting meal they’ve ever seen in a movie (or, if they preferred, to reference the film that made them appreciate the power or tradition of food in a way they never had before).

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In other words, this week’s question is: What’s your favorite “food movie?”

There are times when I return to Ang Lee’s “Eat Drink, Man Woman” just for the opening sequence, featuring a calvacade of delicious food being prepared by the Chu patriarch. It’s a parade of images that indicate the skill it takes to be a great chef, and the intimacy required to make a (large) family dinner. Lee’s framing is unfussy, letting Sihung Lung’s talent speak for itself. (WHen I was in the IB diploma program in high school, I had to take a Chinese IB exam, to be written in Chinese characters. I wrote an essay about the opening of “Eat Drink, Man Woman,” in English, instead, and I still passed).

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“Soul Food.” The images in the film represent the very definition of what soul food is–food for the soul that makes you feel good inside. Even more than that though, the film juxtaposes that sentiment with the idea that soul food is a way to bring a family together around a table, even when their own souls may have been ripped apart due to tragedy or betrayal. It’s that sense of unity and genuine compassion that catapults the movie to become something so much more than...
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