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A Touch of Spice-Movie Review 02/02/2012

Posted by Films to consider in Comedy, Greece, Greek film, Light Drama, Movies, Romance, Turkish language film.
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A Touch of Spice (Greek/Turkish) 2003/2010
Politiki kouzina

WINNER, Audience Award-Greek Festival (Boulmetis); Greek Competition Award in eight categories, including Best Fiction Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Screenplay; Greek Union of Film and Television Technicians Award (Boulmetis), Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece

Directed by Tassos Boulmetis
Starring Markos Osse, George Corraface and Tamer Karadagli

As a young boy in Istanbul, Fanis (Osse) learns about cooking–and the importance of spice–from his grandfather. He falls in love with his friend Saime, but has to leave her when his family gets deported back to Greece. The grownup Fanis (Corraface) never finds another love; he lives his life without that “touch of spice” his grandfather taught him to appreciate. Eventually he travels back to Istanbul, where he meets Saime (Karadagli) again.

Reportedly based on the experiences of director Tassos Boulmetis, A Touch of Spice mixes a lighthearted story about family and romance with the political overtones of the times (1960s and 70s). The film received a lot of attention when it was released in Greece (see above), where it had record-breaking attendance in theaters. There’s no mention of awards from elsewhere, other than that it was Greece’s official entry in the 2005 Academy Awards. (The DVD was just released in 2010.)

One of several food-related films I’ve watched recently. Not outstanding (and not as good as Mostly Martha) but worth a look.

108 min. Unrated. Brief partial nudity.



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