Spinning Plates

Spinning Plates

Spinning Plates

A film festival favourite in 2012, this documentary takes a look at three very different restaurants and their respective owners, exploring their personal challenges and the strong ties between food and community.

A world-renowned chef in Chicago is competing for the ultimate restaurant prize while privately enduring every chef's nightmare - tongue cancer. A 160-year-old restaurant in Iowa shares an amazing bond with its community and must call on all of their support when disaster strikes. And a young couple with a Mexican restaurant in Tucson serve up amazing food but are struggling to make ends meet.

2012Rating: PG93 minsUSA
Documentary

Spinning Plates / Reviews

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

It’d be easy to turn down yet another helping of behind-the-scenes restaurant fare. But that would be a shame. Spinning Plates is really nothing like its screechy reality cousins. Instead, it’s a gentle, inspiring and sentimental look at the passion, creativity, family, community and love surrounding three very different American restaurants. Those hoping for insight into the cooking might be disappointed as this is primarily about the people, all of whom have endured their share of Shakespearean tragedy.

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Variety

Variety

So involving that one might not notice until afterward that little in the way of a unified theme emerges to turn Joseph Levy's feature into something more than a semi-random survey of restaurant life.

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Time Out

Time Out

The overall effect is not unlike watching a chef de cuisine experimenting in his off-hours; not everything takes, but you still come away with a pleasingly stimulated palate.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

This dully structured film makes its points early and often, treading water before a purposely delayed big finish.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Episodic doc could use more focus on food preparation, but vividly captures the human element involved.

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