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Food of love

A Feature film by Stephen Poliakoff

Release in France : 22/07/1998

    Synopsis

    Alex and his student friends get together again, after being out of touch for 15 years, in the idyllic English village where they once all played in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. All have ruts that they want to get out of. Three young actors, passion, the English countryside, William Shakespeare — and the past — await them.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    MP Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    FTD International Cinéma

    Foreign production company :

    Intrinsica Films

    French distribution :

    Les Productions du 3ème Etage

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    Subject

    The first references that spring to mind are Lawrence Kasdan’s ‘The Big Chill’ and Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Peter’s Friends’. The same disenchantment among the characters, the same nostalgia for good times lost. Instead of getting together around a dead friend’s funeral or a Christmas dinner, the friends in ‘Food of Love’ gather in an English village to put on a Shakespeare play. The pretext is different from the Kasdan and Branagh movies, but the purpose is the same: to measure the vanity of ambition and assess the extent of failure. Bankers, computer scientists or translators, Steven Poliakoff’s forty-somethings seem to have it made but behind the facade of material success, their ideals have gone to pieces. It is up to Shakespeare to remodel their souls and remind them of the meaning of life. (“Les Echos”, July 29th, 1998)

    Full credits (10)

    Screenwriter :

    Stephen Poliakoff

    Directors of Photography :

    Denis Lenoir, Wit Dabal

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Annie Maurette

    Production Designer :

    Michael Pickwoad

    Costume designer :

    Pam Tait

    Co-producer :

    Michel Propper

    Sound Recordist :

    Colin Wood

    Editor :

    Anne Sopel

    Music Composer :

    Adrian Johnson

    Still Photographer :

    Wit Dabal

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Production language :

    English

    Production country :

    Great Britain

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Great Britain)

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    22/07/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    90.995

    Visa issue date :

    14/05/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

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    Festival Selections

    La Baule European Film Festival - 1997

    La Baule European Film Festival (1997)

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