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Step Up To The Plate (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 4

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French chef Michel Bras, one of the most influential chefs in the world, has decided to hand over his renowned 3-Michelin-Star restaurant to his son Sébastien. Having worked with his father for 15 years, Sébastien is ready. But it's not easy to take over the family business when your father is a master in his field. Filmed in the gorgeous Aubrac region in the South of France, home to the Bras family for generations, Step Up to the Plate offers a rare glimpse into the Bras' culinary process while

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Mar 25, 2013

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A pleasurable, if drama-free portrait of French chef Michel Bras as he begins the handover of his three-star Michelin restaurant to his son, over the course of four seasons.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Lacoste threatens to lose his audience several times with the deliberate pacing of his doc, which takes too long to get things to the table in most cases.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Foodies will drink in the beauty of the meal preparation and the stunning architecture of the modernist restaurant.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A cerebral, dirge-paced outline of a father-son dynamic that asks the audience to fill in too many narrative and emotional gaps.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's an intimate and immaculate film, modest in its goals and greatly affecting.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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It's pretty delicious.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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More food porn...Though the celebrity status accorded chefs has gone way out of control, this is actually not a bad little documentary.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

An intimate, immaculate doco that ends up a stirring but unsentimental meditation on tradition and family.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The film attempts to tell the story of father Michel handing over his restaurant business to son Sébastien, but it makes a botch of it

November 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Paul Lacoste's documentary about the gastronomic lifestyle of the Bras family... explores the men beyond their reputations in the world of fine cuisine, where Michelin Stars are priceless diamonds on a dark and starless night

November 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Culinary idolatry where the camera takes up residence in the kitchen of a world-renowned chef to gaze in awe.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com
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There are some interesting father/son dynamic moments in the film that give it some merit. But I thought JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, which was released earlier this year, was much more focused and pretty much the same story.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

A documentary about a painstaking and intellectual chef, known for his elegant food, who is passing his restaurant to the next generation, even though it's clear he's not psychologically ready to do it.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Mildly engaging, but leaves you hungry for more emotional and intellectual depth.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Sprinkle lime peelings onto milk-white ingredients: a verdant feast for the eye.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

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Foreign Titles

  • Entre les Bras - 3 Sterne. 2 Generationen. 1 Küche. (DE)
  • Step Up to the Plate (Entre Les Bras) (UK)
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