Food in Film

Food has often been essential to cinema. A catalyst which brings people together, it can be used for dramatic confrontation, as a comic device or even a metaphor for the meaning of life. Preparing, presenting and consuming food can evoke a mood that is sumptuous, homely, seductive, disgusting or just plain funny. Eloquent in conveying complex messages, food is a perfect vehicle for expressing the subtext in drama and comedy and for revealing intricate aspects about class, emotional states or gender. Sometimes, as in the movies "Babette's Feast" and "Tampopo", it is the real star. In this compilation below, we take the high ground and take a wide view of the social and symbolic meaning of food in film.. Right: Scene from Gabriel Axel's triumphant "Babette's Feast".

Somm (2012)

Director: Jason Wise

Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. Read more

Soul Kitchen (2009)

Director: Fatih Akin
Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Adam Bousdoukos, Birol Unel

Hoping to revamp his shabby Hamburg diner, owner Zinos Kazantsakis (Adam Bousdoukos) hires a gourmet chef, only to drive away his regular patrons. To... Read more

Sour Grapes (2016)

Director: Jerry Rothwell, Reuben Atlas

Documentary about the fine and rare wine auction market centering around a counterfeiter who befriended the rich and powerful and sold millions of dol... Read more

Super Size Me (2004)

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Starring: Morgan Spurlock

What would happen if you were to eat only food from McDonald's for an entire month? That question is answered in this controversial - and wildly enter... Read more

Surfing the Menu - New Zealand (2006)

Director: Rob McLaughlin
Starring: Mark Gardner, Ben O'Donoghue

Surf-mad New Zealand chef Mark Gardner joins Surfing the Menu's regular, Aussie Ben O'Donoghue, on an eight-part food safari of New Zealand. Showcasin... Read more

Tampopo (1986)

Director: Juzo Itami
Starring: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamakazi, Nobuko Miyamoto

One of the funniest, most enjoyable, satirical comedies is this treasure of a movie, the plot of which, loosely concerns the quest for the perfect Jap... Read more

Tasting Menu (2013)

Director: Roger Gual
Starring: Fionnula Flanagan, Stephen Rea, Togo Igawa, Jan Cornet, Vicenta Noongo, Andrew T...

Set in the idyllic cove of Costa Brava in the Mediterranean, this Spanish culinary romantic comedy tells the story of a broken-up couple who decide to... Read more

The Age of Innocence (1993)

Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

Martin Scorsese revels in ravishing romantic grandeur with a tale of love and denial in 19th Century New York. Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and... Read more

The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

Director: John Chester
Starring: John Chester

Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. Read more

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)

Director: Peter Greenaway
Starring: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard, Tim Roth

A feast (in more ways than one) for followers of writer/director Peter Greenaway's work. Set around a high-class English restaurant, it involves the g... Read more