Five foodie movies you need to see now
Five very different movies, but with one thing in common: food
I've made a list of five films that are all very different from each other, but have one thing in common: while you watch them you can almost smell the scent of food wafting through the air.
Chocolat is a famous romantic drama with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. It's based on the novel Chocolat by English author Joanne Harris.
France, 1959. We are in a small village whose inhabitants live a quiet life; any deviation from the norm is viewed with suspicion. One day two foreigners arrive: the mysterious pastry chef Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk. Maybe the tranquillity is about to end...
Main course: chocolate
2. The Ramen Girl
The Ramen Girl is a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film starring Brittany Murphy. It concerns an American girl who, after breaking up with her boyfriend, finds herself alone in Japan.
Abby is lonely and sad – so she takes refuge in the ramen bistro under her apartment, where she is impressed by the atmosphere and decides to learn how to prepare ramen. However, the gruff Japanese chef Maezumi does not believe that a gaijin (a non-Japanese person) should prepare the traditional dish. How will it end?
Main course: ramen
Ratatouille is a 2007 animated film directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava. Who doesn't know the world's most famous rat chef? Rémy's story is fun and exciting, and his ratatouille looks really tasty (despite the fact it was cooked by a rat).
Main course: ratatouille
4. Sweet Bean
This is a treasure of Japanese cinema, and is based on the novel of the same name by Durian Sukegawa.
A lonely Japanese baker hires a 76-year-old woman to be his new assistant, and soon learns that she has a wonderful recipe for sweet red bean paste (which she claims comes from her communion with nature). However, their partnership is threatened when it's revealed that the elderly woman is suffering from a severe illness.
Main course: azuki beans
5. Miseria e Nobiltà
Miseria e Nobiltà ('Misery and Nobility' in English) is an old 1954 comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli, based on the play of the same name by Eduardo Scarpetta. The protagonist is played by Totò (Antonio de Curtis), an Italian actor, comedian, writer, poet, singer and lyricist who was nicknamed 'the prince of laughter'.
The plot is about two very poor families who live together to share expenses. They are so weak that they haven't eaten in days, but luck knocks on their door...
Main course: spaghetti