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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".

A Year in Champagne (2014)

6.5/10
Director: David Kennard

With renowned wine importer Martine Saunier as our guide, we get a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the real Champagne through six houses, from sma... Read more

Alive (1993)

7.1/10
Director: Frank Marshall
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton

Stirring true-life adventure saga about the horrific 1972 plane crash in the Andes Mountains where, after struggling against the elements and on the v... Read more

Apron Strings (2008)

6.6/10
Director: Sima Urale
Starring: Laila Rouass, Scott Wills, Jennifer Ludlam, Nathan Whitaker, Leela Patel, Peter...

Samoan-born Aucklander Sima Urale makes her feature debut with this light-hearted, multi-cultural family drama exploring the fine line between motheri... Read more

Au Petit Marguery (1997)

7/10
Director: Laurent Benegui
Starring: Stephane Audran, Michel Aumont, Alain Beigel

The restaurant Au Petit Marguery is a haven of friendship, a small paradise in Paris. Tonight a certain nostalgia fills the air. Tonight is closing ni... Read more

Babette's Feast (1987)

7.8/10
Director: Gabriel Axel
Starring: Stephane Audran, Jean-Philippe Lafont, Jarl Kulle

Awarded the Best Foreign Language film of 1987 by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Stephane Audran is Babette, an exiled French cook-... Read more

Big Night (1996)

7.3/10
Director: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini, Tony Shalhoub, Ian Holm

An impeccably crafted, endearing story of Italian immigrant brothers trying to survive as restauranteurs in 1950's America. Isabella Rossellini, Ian H... Read more

Blood Diner (1987)

5.2/10
Director: Jackie Kong
Starring: Rick Burks, Carl Crew

Grab a table at Blood Diner - a cut above the rest! Everything fresh every day! - First they greet you, then they eat you! Read more

Burnt (2015)

6.6/10
Director: John Wells
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Bruhl, Matthew Rhys, Uma Thurman,...

Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all  and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of th... Read more

Chef (2014)

7.3/10
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Jon Favreau, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey Jr, Sca...

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged fam... Read more

Chocolat (2000)

7.3/10
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp, Carrie-Anne...

The radiant Juliette Binoche opens a chocolate shop in a small, old-fashioned French town where her confections soon stir the passions and scorn of th... Read more