Spinning Plates (2013)
SPINNING PLATES is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion. A 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community. A fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another. (c) Film Arcade … More
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Critic Reviews for Spinning Plates
Plays to sentiment in its second half but you can't help but admire the tenacity of these people, who have been tested repeatedly in almost Biblical fashion, yet come out swinging.
Though these stories have little to do with each other, all are gripping, and you watch the last third of "Spinning Plates" rapt.
While the dramatic conflicts in the film are set up in a rather rote manner (meet the personalities, fret over their setbacks, sigh at the resolution), the human stories here are undeniably moving.
The tales are worthwhile, but it's challenging to find a common thread among them that goes beyond vague generalities.
The movie doesn't always feel cohesive, but the stories are unexpectedly touching.
Spinning Plates has three moving personal stories, and that's what makes it memorable.
Filmmaker Joseph Levy seems at ease infiltrating the communities that spring up within and around professional kitchens.
Proves there are no exhausted topics, only skilled (or the obverse) storytellers.
Rather than venerating the business of food, this documentary expertly points out that it is, indeed, a business and sometimes lives and livelihoods are at stake.
What at first seemed like very separate experiences begin to merge. All the restaurateurs want to feed people and make them happy, and each puts a little of themselves into the effort.
Has nothing to do with the noble - and undervalued - art of plate spinning. (I confess this disappointed me slightly.) No, it's just an oddly titled documentary about three restaurants.
By the end, "Spinning Plates" urges us to think about what we expect from restaurants and what we think other people expect.
Mercifully, this is not a Food Network-style itemizing of idiosyncrasy, but an emotional understanding of inspiration and financial struggle.
Spinning Plates navigates an industry that is more diverse and challenging than ever, but with this simple, fulfilling sampling, we learn that those behind the stove aim for the same kinds of rewards...
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