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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

Cover of "Eat Drink Man Woman"

EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN is an extraordinary representation of food and cooking as a tool to create and nurture relationships, especially family bonds: what cannot be said in words or expressed with affection and body language can be conveyed through all the dedication that the preparation of a meal requires. A mother dies, and the father takes on her duties in the family kitchen. He is an introvert man having trouble to express his own emotions, but he manages to communicate passion and adoring love for his three daughters through the heavenly meals he creates. The co-dependency developed between who provides the food and who receives it in the story seems to become an irreversible mechanism that keeps the grown daughters from experiencing their own life… at least until the father himself leaves everybody speechless with a unexpected choice, and breaks the chain. EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN is a 1994 Taiwanese movie directed by Ang Lee. It’s a film full of passion and insights about relationships most of us can identify with. The food scenes are irresistible! Highly recommended!

FOOD, INC. cover

FOOD, INC.  is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award- winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. It is a harsh and accusing documentary on the corporate food industry. The documentary not only shows evidence of shameful choices in the industry and the American government’s irresponsible tolerance against the consumers’ interests; it also offers hints, ideas, and suggestions on how consumers can actively react to the horrifying food industry empire and boycott bad choices one grocery shopping at a time! Very educational about the huge gap between the nutrition we need and the nutrition we are offered in our supermarkets, with practical solutions on how to fill that gap quite easily!

Food Stamped cover

FOOD STAMPED is an adorable and deeply meaningful 2008 documentary on the American poverty line and its access to healthy food. Filmmakers Shira and Yoav Potash are capable of transforming such a painful subject into a very intelligent and practical challenge: living for a week on food stamps that allow around $1 a person per meal. But that’s not the most interesting part: they also want to test if it is possible to put together three HEALTHY meals a day with such a minimal budget. No junk food, no low nutrition choices! The challenge seems to be very hard to complete, but when the couple makes that happen without skipping a single meal or compromising with junk food they ask the expert for an opinion on their diet. Is it possible to choose a healthy diet over low-cost junk food if all you have is food stamps?

Clara Tomaz

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This entry was posted on November 14, 2012 by in 1. GRANDMA'S SOUP, MOVIES, VIDEO REVIEWS and tagged , , .

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