Saturday, 12 February 2011

Food on Film. 9. Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup (2001) is a US remake of Eat Drink Man Woman (No.3 Top Ten Food Film). I was originally going to discount this because: a) it is a remake and b) it is not as good as Ang Lee’s film. However, I changed my mind because: a) food is still central to the film and has been changed from Taiwanese to Latin American cuisine, and b) it is not a bad film.

Directed by Maria Ripoll and starring Hector Elizondo, Elizabeth Peña, Jacqueline Obradors, Tamara Mello and Raquel Welch (yes, that Raquel Welch), the film has a notable Latino soundtrack and shifts the action between the family home and a family-run restaurant. The meals featured were designed by chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, who are noted for their contemporary take on traditional Mexican cuisine.

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