Restaurateurs Max and Mar are going to get over to Tokyo. The refined restaurant on the bank of the Mediterranean Sea, using improbable popularity, they close and invite the several acquaintances, partners and regular customers to a farewell dinner which should leave indelible impression. But such special campaign in restaurant cannot be limited to only one food – passions behind little tables inflame not less hot, than on a plate of the chef.
The debut film of the director Rokhera Gualya «A room for smoking» (2002) was noted on many film festivals, and Gual got for a picture Goya’s premium to the best director debutant
The format of this modest Spanish comedy most of all reminds Harry Marshalla’s films. Such «"Old" New year», only packed into a compact world of coastal restaurant plus some introductory scenes in other locations. But main same idea. Some people meet, new feelings flash, old wounds open, someone becomes closer, someone finally breaks away, someone’s dreams come true, and someone, on the contrary, finishes the final chapter in the life. Any of stories oddly intertwine, any remain unfinished – a small layer of life, casual fellow travelers of the viewer on the next half an hour with which it is easy to associate, recognize itself in them the family to try on on itself simple and clear situations.
For the first time in Moscow the film was shown within the out-of-competition program «Sex, food, culture, death» the Moscow international film festival
From here and the set of heroes, sample, but thus is enough nice. At restaurant the former spouses, the doctor and the writer who reserved a little table still a year ago meet, but since then already managed to leave, two Japanese businessmen, each of which aspire to bypass another and the first to sign the contract with owners of restaurant, their windy companion guide for whom the campaign in expensive restaurant is similar to an adventure on other planet, the widow countess, the husband which was the main admirer of kitchen of this restaurant and the great friend of owners, a loner gourmet for which the food is the real fetish, the editor of magazines and the TV men who are looking for an occasion to articles and sensational releases. This speckled group for one evening becomes a big family in which is both the conflicts, and the misunderstanding, new pairs, and in those who, apparently, left are formed, feelings flash with new force.
To foresee an outcome of history it is not so difficult, after all as the dinner by all means should end with a dessert, and «The love according to the recipe» slides on nakatanny rails and the viewer to surprise with unexpected courses does not gather. Even as that conflict in the history is not present. Well not to consider as the problem tragedy with a late last dish or confusion among waiters. It is a pinch of spices in a dish prepared by director Rokher Gualem rather.
Delicacy a picture, of course, you will not call. But it from it also it is not required. The restaurant in Spain, let even being closed after nice 15-year history, is not luxury, and only one more of pastime options along with a campaign in a museum, cinema or on a concert. Therefore and to treat him it is necessary simply is not stamped fast food, not home cuisine, but also not the improbable film experiment, only the familiar components successfully mixed and submitted with taste.