Everybody’s fine (2009)

One of the recent movies that I watched through my Netflix DVD queue includes Everybody’s fine. The movie boasts of stars like Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore – some of my favorite actors on screen.

The movie is about a widower Frank (Robert De Niro) who plans to visit his four kids so that he gets to know about their lives like his wife used to. On his visit, he finds that he isn’t welcome by his kids. The kids David (Austin Lyssy), Amy (Kate Beckinsale), Rosy (Drew Barrymore) and Robert (Sam Rockwell) are supposed to be surprised by their dad but each one of them informs the other about their Dad’s “surprise” visit. After trying to visit David, Frank continues his journey around the country so that he can get all of them together like old times.

Like most kids, Frank’s kids want to impress him with the big house, happy family, and high flying careers. What follows is a story about how Frank tries to deduce what is happening in reality by interpreting their actions – to see if everything is really fine.

With a run time of 99 minutes, the movie is short and simple. There are instances where the viewer would have to use their imagination to fill in the holes. The movie also features a song by Paul McCartney  – (I want to) Come Home, which was nominated for the Golden Globes.

My favorite line:

I tell you the good news and spare you the bad. Isn’t that what mom used to do for you when we were kids?

My rating: 3/5

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Cape of Good Hope (2005)

Set in South Africa, Cape of Good Hope is a warm film based on the lives of people from different races who work together.

The story begins with Kate (Debbie Brown), caretaker of an animal shelter, who is having an affair with a married man. She works with Sharifa (Quanita Adams), who has been trying to have a child for years now. Jean Calude (Eriq Ebouaney) is a handy man at the shelter and is smitten by Lindwe (Nthati Moshesh). He was a professor at Congo but was forced to take refuge in Cape Town. Morne (Morne Visser), a widowed veterinarian, tries to ask Kate out but is constantly turned off as Kate still has some unresolved issues. The film takes a turn when Lindwe is sexually assaulted by her employer but is wrongly accused of stealing. Does Kate end the affair and give into the charm of Morne? Can Lindwe settle down with Jean Claude? And then comes Sharifa’s problem.

I found it to be a bit slow in the beginning, but the film picked up it’s pace in the second half. Writer/ Director Mark Bamford, has included some comic moments, that makes this a pleasant film to watch.

Life is filled with uncertainties and there is something that brings it all together. Do watch this drama next time!

My rating: 3.5/5

My favorite line:

Love is the force that holds it all together.

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Soul Kitchen (2009)

I’m a person who is into movies/TV shows that involve cooking. Soul Kitchen is a like a 99 minute reality show that unfolds all the things that can go wrong while owning your restaurant!

Chef Zinos (Adam Bouskous) has been operating a run down restaurant, Soul Kitchen for sometime. He does have a good customer base despite his crappy menu and a dirty kitchen. He is also haunted by tax officials to pay his tax dues. His life gets worse when his girlfriend Lucia (Anna Bederke) moves to Shanghai. His goal is now to find a good chef and a manger to handle Soul Kitchen so that he can move to Shanghai too. In the most unexpected way he hires Chef Shayn (Birol Unel) who turns things around for him with some great menu changes. He now needs a manger to run the kitchen. Can his brother Illias (Moritz Bleibteru), an ex-convict, manage the newly re-vamped Soul Kitchen?

I was reminded of Gordon Ramsay‘s Kitchen Nightmares when I saw how Chef Shayn transforms the restaurant with an elegant menu. As an aspiring restaurant owner, I learnt that simple changes can go a long way in turning your restaurant! The film is not as gripping as Kitchen Nightmares or Hell’s Kitchen, but that’s what makes this different from reality television. The characters look like a bunch of losers with their laid back attitude, something you would not expect from people running a business. But with one determined person, things start looking up and these losers try to create a restaurant with a promising future.

Turkish-German director Fatih Akin (also directed Edge of Heaven) has made a random comic film (oh it’s in German btw) on kitchen adventures. I thought the film could have a better flow of events. I felt he just introduced some random events in between that disturbed the flow of the movie. I’m guessing he was trying to bring out the fact that life is filled with unexpected events. Isn’t that what makes our lives spicy?

My rating: 3/5

My favorite line:

Life is what happens to you while your busy making other plans.

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