Step Up To The Plate (2012)
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 capturing one of the most closely watched transitions in the world of haute cuisine. -- (C) Cinema Guild … More
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Critic Reviews for Step Up To The Plate
More food porn...Though the celebrity status accorded chefs has gone way out of control, this is actually not a bad little documentary.
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.
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.
An intimate, immaculate doco that ends up a stirring but unsentimental meditation on tradition and family.
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
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
Foodies will drink in the beauty of the meal preparation and the stunning architecture of the modernist restaurant.
Culinary idolatry where the camera takes up residence in the kitchen of a world-renowned chef to gaze in awe.
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.
A cerebral, dirge-paced outline of a father-son dynamic that asks the audience to fill in too many narrative and emotional gaps.
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.
It's an intimate and immaculate film, modest in its goals and greatly affecting.
Mildly engaging, but leaves you hungry for more emotional and intellectual depth.
The second shot alone makes the ensuing 80 or so minutes even more enjoyable.
Sprinkle lime peelings onto milk-white ingredients: a verdant feast for the eye.
Lacoste cleverly uses the enhanced sound of Michel slowly, deliberately chewing and crunching, in what is really the film's climax.
The food preparation and the interactions in the immaculate, gorgeous restaurant are so engrossing that sidebars about things like leisure time in the countryside feel extraneous.
"Step Up to the Plate" asserts how family, in multifarious ways, can be the most deeply affecting of ensembles.
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