Mar 05, 2018
Oscars 2018 have concluded, and while there are no-food themed films among this year’s winners, the world of cinema is definitely no stranger to films on food. So why not indulge in a foodie movie marathon? From Indian classics to golden oldies and foreign magnum opuses, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite food-themed films for your viewing pleasure.
So grab a bowl of popcorn or a platter of sushi if you want to be classier, and add these cinematic wonders to your playlist:
A chef loses his job along with his temper and ends up reviving an old food truck to breathe life into his career again. Watch it for its lessons on family, love and of course, appreciation of food.
A lovable animated film, Ratatouille features a rat who is unusually skilled in cooking. Destiny throws him into the path of a famous French chef and the resulting adventures are a must-see. This one’s for all you foodies who need a little dose of inspiration!
3. The Lunchbox
Starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur, The Lunchbox is a beautiful story of two individuals connecting accidentally, despite having little in common. Watch it for its mature depiction of love and its difficulties in the modern era.
4. Babette’s Feast
Babette’s Feast is a 1987 Danish classic set in the late 19th century. A French refugee decides to repay the kindness shown to her by two sisters by preparing a French meal for them and their friends. Watch it as food plays a pivotal role in the film.
5. Big Night
One night is all two Italian brothers have, to save their struggling restaurant in America. Watch it for its generous servings of comedy and delicious dishes.
Adapted from Joanne Harris’ lovely novel ‘Chocolat’, the film is a magical tale of a mother-daughter duo who begin to work magic with their sensual chocolates in a conservative French town. It’s a must-see for all the chocoholics out there.
Rajesh Khanna does a lovely job of playing the lovable cook who brings together the disgruntled members of the Sharma family. Watch it to be reminded of the healing power of good food.
8. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
This is a masterful documentary, charting the story of an 85-year-old sushi master whose dream it is to create the perfect piece of sushi.
9. Like Water for Chocolate
This 1992 Mexican film is a passionate story of forbidden love that flowers with cooking as the medium of communication. Tita and Pedro cannot be together; yet they live under the same roof. Watch their story unfold in the backdrop of magical realism and stifling traditions.
10. Spinning Plates
Three exemplary restaurants with three different challenges give you one unforgettable documentary. This wonderful saga of love, food and survival is a must-watch for all those who think food is more than just sustenance.