Take a Drink: every time the French say something really snotty.
Take a Drink: every time someone goes to the market.
Take a Drink: every time someone says the word “chicken”.
Take a Drink: every time they eat something you have never had.
Do a Shot:if you wouldn’t eat pigeon.
By Hank Bagwell (Three Beers) –
A film about dinner and three drinks.
I wanted to say “free” drinks instead of “three” but that would be too cruel. I enjoyed the film.
It is a beautifully shot film with great acting. It’s charming, funny, honest and sincere. But with all of this, you ask me, “Why? Why such a low rating? Why so many beers?”. That’s a great question. Although I will probably own this film and add it to my collection when it becomes available, I found it entirely too predictable.
When a family from India breaks down in a small French village, the funny, but cantankerous, father buys a rundown cafe across from one of the area’s most prestigious French restaurants and the battle begins.
A beautiful film. Not just on the screen, but of the soul. The shots of the French countryside, mixed with the warm imported colors of India and beautiful set design and artwork, are truly a pleasure to watch. The acting is superb and the directing was on target. Everything was right where it should have been. With motion shots, rack focusing, and incredible lighting displays, it’s as if the cinematographer is just showing off and the editing was perfect. It is a remarkable display of talent in everything that is “on set” filmmaking.
The film, in all of its glory, falls short in the script. It was one of the most predictable films I have seen in a very long time. The thing I love about foreign films is the un-American approach they bring… obviously. They tend to break away from a three act structure and focus on the story, rather than its delivery. Bollywood and the French turn out some of my favorites, yet this one is like watching late night Skinamax- You know what’s coming next. (That joke may be a bit time released. Just wait for it.)
I thought the run time was a bit too long. There were scenes that could have been shorter, or even cut. I think it comes back to the script and the way it was written. It is an adaptation, so the screenwriter can only work with what he has and maybe it’s not fair to dump everything on him.
I’d also like to mention that I thought the scoring was beautifully done. This is a great film. Go see it. It has plenty of laughs, great characters and I cannot brag enough on the talent that is displayed here in every area except the writing. I love the film, I just wish it had been a little less predictable.