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The Mistress of Spices (2006)

The Mistress of Spices (2006)

The Mistress of Spices



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Director Paul Mayeda Berges adapts author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni magic realist tale about an enchanting Indian orphan who has leaned to harness the magical properties of spices. Orphaned by regional strife in her homeland of India, Tilo (Aishwarya Rai) is subsequently kidnapped by a vicious gang of bandits. A daring escape is quick to follow, and soon after washing up on mysterious shores the traumatized girl is sheltered by a benevolent old woman (Zohra Segal) who reveals to her the remarkable powers of common spices. Later, after moving to Oakland, California and opening her own spice shop, Tilo is compelled to follow three strict stipulations is she is to retain her ability to harness these magnificent powers: she must never use the powers for her own gain, she can never venture outside of her store, and she must never make contact with the skin of another person. When a handsome architect (Dylan McDermott) crashes his motorcycle just outside of the shop and the kindly proprietor rushes to his aid, the instant chemistry between the pair soon finds Tilo's resolve put to the ultimate test.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some violent images and sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2007


Anupam Kher
as Geeta's Grandfather
Shaheen Khan
as Jagit's Mother
Nina Young
as Doug's Mother
Toby Marlow
as Young Doug
Zohra Segal
as First Mother
Rebecca Bowden
as Bougainvillea Girl
Harvey Virdi
as Geeta's Mother
Cosima Shaw
as Doug's Ex-Girlfriend
Bansree Madhani
as Young Tilo
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Critic Reviews for The Mistress of Spices

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

About all that can be said about The Mistress of Spices is that actress Rai manages to retain a straight face while uttering some of the most risible dialogue ever heard in a supposedly serious drama.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Emphasizes the pleasures of scent, taste and touch to a remarkably tantalizing degree.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Imagine Like Water for Chocolate without the passion. Such is the premise of Mistress of Spices, Paul Mayeda Berges's film-directing debut.

Full Review… | May 4, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Beautiful but lifeless, poetic but unelevated.

Full Review… | April 25, 2006
Top Critic

Despite the ethereal presence of Aishwarya Rai in the title role, unquestionably one of the most beautiful women on the planet, this savory dose of magic realism goes off almost from the start.

September 21, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Mistress of Spices


I watched this a long time ago. It's okay.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Ridiculous & stupid, And Rai is kinda annoying

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

A lovely film with beautiful colors placed into the film...can a woman whom can assist with destiny for others find her true love?? ....Aishwarya Rai is beautiful and is good in this film along with Dylan McDermott.

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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