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Super Reviewer
½ September 9, 2015
A warm, melancholy drama that enchants and moves all the more thanks to the way that its three-dimensional characters reveal so much about themselves between the lines - and it is only a pity though that it drags a bit in the third act and ends in a rather frustrating conclusion.
Super Reviewer
½ June 25, 2014
A neglected housewife starts a correspondence with a widowed accountant nearing retirement when he is mistakenly delivered the special lunch she made to impress her distant husband. More interesting to Westerners for its peek at the lives and customs of average residents of modern day Mumbai than it is for its ordinary (though well-acted) drama. If this story was set in (say) Seattle, it would be a hopeless bore.
Super Reviewer
March 23, 2014
'The Lunchbox'. A real charmer that's just the right amount of sweet and hardly hits a false note. If only more films like this came out of India.
Super Reviewer
March 17, 2014
In order to gain the attention of her husband Rajeev(Nakul Vaid), Ila(Nimrat Kaur) cooks an extra special lunch for him. Except he does not receive it. Instead, it ends up in the hands of Saajan(Irrfan Khan) who is taking early retirement in a month. He is so satisfied with his meal that he returns the lunchbox entirely wiped clean. When Ila realizes that it was not her husband who ate it, she writes a note to its mistaken but grateful recipient.

With a masterclass in underacting from Irrfan Khan, "The Lunchbox" is a movie about the simple pleasures in life that in its own way demonstrates that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Overall, the movie operates on the rhythms of daily life, unpredictable as they often are. But those are rapidly changing, as society speeds along, or at least tries to. Some of this is universal like the lack of communication even with modern means, but other concepts like Mumbai's horrific traffic are endemic to India.
Super Reviewer
September 3, 2013
A wonderful little film that speaks to unlikely connections in the midst of loneliness. Although sentimentalists would likely want a different outcome of events, the story is drawn to a conclusion in the most appropriate manner possible.
Super Reviewer
July 11, 2014
Feel-good drama mixing the chaotic and spacious.
Super Reviewer
July 4, 2014
'The Lunch Box' (2014) is the genial and sensible debut film of Ritesh Batra which takes place in India. It's a nice slice-of-life story that follows the subtle neglected lives of two different people who are misguidedly brought together through a lunchbox. Even for how slow-paced this film can be, it is ultimately saved by impeccable performances and genuine dialogue. There are many cases where films ensure languid camera movements that just seem to go on and on with not much happening. However, with the 'The Lunch Box' (2014) almost every minute of languid camera time gives direct details, whether it's cultural or for a character's depth-real characters, real situations.
July 15, 2014
well crafted foodie movie OMG some of the lunch items looked so good it's makin' me hungry just thinking about it!
½ November 7, 2014
Movies always been obsessed Movies always been obsessed with food. Films that tale the tales of love, deception and success with the power of food use this element to create wonderful stories. From Like Water for Chocolate, Babette's Feast, Chocolat, Eat Drink Woman, these films tell stories of struggling families, passionate relationships and search for happiness.

In the Indian film The Lunchbox (Dabba) we have two major characters Saajan play by Irrfan Khan (Slumndog Millionaire, Life of Pi) a nearly retired from accountant office who is grieving the dead of his wife and Illa play Nimrat Kaur who is a unsatisfied wife who is trying to reconquer her husband with food. The idea from Illa with the help of her aunt is cook the most wonderful dishes and send it to her husband using the service of Dabbawalas a messenger service who deliver lunches right at her husband office. By mistake the lunchbox is received by Saajan who enjoyed the food so much. After the second lunch Illa realize that her husband is not receiving the food, but is other person, and she decided to send a not with the lunchbox in order to find out who is the mysterious person who is enjoying Illa's cooking skill.

The film The lunchbox is hopeful, funny and represents a single love story, where both characters share personal thoughts about life and dreams. Is a true gem of Indian cinema.
October 5, 2014
This story is not about food, but two strangers who are brought together by food. Despite being apart the entire movie, the two leads connect through letters and food. The Lunchbox is a bittersweet story about moving on and finding someone to tell your deepest feelings to. It's less about love and more about companionship and understanding.

Grade: A-
September 15, 2014
This is a very sweet story and the bittersweet ending was perfectly balanced - not too happy and not too sad. The lead actors were wonderful and carried the story brilliantly.
½ September 3, 2014
This is one that seems a little harder to describe why I liked it, it's just a nice little slice of life film that shows a world in some ways unfamiliar and yet also out come the universal traits of the human condition. Saajan and Lla are both interesting characters (as is guy Saajan starts working with). The ending feels, while bittersweet, genuine.
August 31, 2014
After the cloying Hundred-Foot Journey, it's a breath of fresh air to see a film centered on food that's so restrained. Bollywood great Irrfan Khan is excellent as Saajan, a solitary accountant on the verge of retirement. One day he mistakenly gets a lunchbox packed by a housewife (Nimrat Kaur) who meant it for her husband. But he responds to her food more than her husband ever does, and so she begins to ship him regular meals, and then letters. The Lunchbox is sentimental sometimes to a fault, but boy does it get to you.
½ August 25, 2014
A look at the lives surrounding the dabbawallas, who somehow manage a complex multi-stage daily lunchbox courier service. Gritty, mundane yet hopeful - a hearty taste of everyday life, its struggles somewhat more bearable, even if shared with a total stranger.
½ July 8, 2014
What an interesting meditation about hope. The Lunchbox is a sweet film powered by strong direction and wonderful performances from its two leads. Watching these two actors fall in love is incredibly engaging, especially considering they never have a face to face conversation. As we see Khan and Kaur trade letters, secrets, and dreams we begin to see how hope can breathe new life into a dying soul.

I loved the portrayals of growing old and coming to terms with reality. It's something that usually doesn't happen in romantic comedies, but I appreciated that the film took its time to let the relationship build to a natural rhythm. Also, it doesn't hurt that all the food looks delicious.

Even if you're not a big foreign film fan, I think everyone can get something out of this film.
½ December 24, 2013
Well produced, a break from trope Bollywood plots. Disappointed with the ending. A Dear Mr. Henshaw for modern-day Mumbaikers.
November 19, 2013
A hopeful romance of casual encounters between two lonely people due to lunchbox delivered in error. The lunch delivery errors continue between these two strangers as a ruse for their correspondence via handwritten letters which grows their relationship. In a cultural society so traditionally steeped in gender roles, caste systems and familial obligations, this is a film that allows individuals a chance to dream for a more personally fulfilling relationship. Oftentimes, "getting on the wrong train will lead one to the right station" in life.
December 25, 2015
Another great movie where food is a major character.
½ December 20, 2015
Se tens uma boa história, imaginação e talento para a contar, tanto dá que seja em swailli, mandarim ou indiano, o mais provável é que resulte num bom filme. Este é um desses casos.
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