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Chefs critique "No Reservations'

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mpalmer6c Jul 25, 2007 09:53 AM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

  1. Phaedrus Jul 25, 2007 10:25 AM

    Really interesting. Thanks for posting this.

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      Elyssa Jul 25, 2007 11:24 AM

      And in case you are unfamilar with the DC dining scene: These are some of the best in the area. I respect their opinion very much...plus their food is amazing! :)

      Seems like a fun movie though.

      1. reubensandperrier Jul 25, 2007 11:30 AM

        I think the movie looks beyond cheesy, but I'll still see it because anything that combines film and food is a must-see for me.

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          lagatta Jul 26, 2007 10:23 AM

          See the German original then (one English title is "Mostly Martha". It did centre on a cliché - cold, precise German vs happy-go-lucky Italian (even the photography of Hamburg: stately but steely, vs the happy somewhere-in-central-Italy countryside), but had a lot of emotional ambiguity and a rather unloveable little girl. And in the German film, Martha scrupulously uses a folded towel to pick up hot foods...

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            Claudette Jul 26, 2007 11:51 AM

            The direction and cinematography in "Mostly Martha" were exquisite. I wonder if "No Reservations" will be as artful.

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              Suzieg Jul 26, 2007 01:27 PM

              I am so happy that someone else knows of Bella Martha - what a beautifully filmed movie. When I saw the trailer for No Reservations, I thought I was going crazy that I had seen it before!

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                lagatta Jul 26, 2007 05:03 PM

                Well, I am fluent in Italian and studying German, so I'd be far more inclined to the original than a Hollywood copy.

                I was so happy, viewing it at the Goethe Institut here in Montréal, to be able to choose no subtitles (as opposed to French or English ones). Between the foodie talk, the universal family story and the Italian, I understood everything.

                In "No Reservations" are the two chefs of different and somehow opposite nationalities?

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