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Food of Love (2003)



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Adapted from David Leavitt's book The Page Turner, Food of Love tells the story of a cross-generational romance between two men. Paul (Kevin Bishop), a sexually repressed teenager, is an aspiring pianist who gets an opportunity to work as a page turner for Richard Kennington (Paul Rhys), a renowned pianist who also happens to be Paul's idol. A flirtation ensues between the two men after a concert one night, but further possibilities are thwarted by the meddling of Paul's neurotic mother Pamela (Juliet Stevenson). When Paul and Richard meet again six months later in Barcelona, they begin where they left off, tumbling headlong into a passionate affair despite the continued intrusion of Pamela, who believes that Richard is flirting with her. The affair is further complicated by the presence of Mansourian (Allan Corduner), Richard's manager and lover, who is suspicious of the relationship between Richard and Paul. Unable to deal with the situation, Richard flees to New York, and when he and his young lover finally meet again, Paul is a Julliard student engaged in an affair with yet another middle-aged man. Food of Love was screened at the 2002 Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.
R (for sexual content, nudity and language)
Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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Paul Rhys
as Richard
Alan Corduner
as Joseph
Craig Hill
as Izzy
Naim Thomas
as Teddy
Mingo Rafols
as Waiter
Robert Coma
as Receptionist
Pepa Lopez
as Gypsie
Manu Fullola
as Hustler
Brenda Roque
as Student No. 1
Helenika Hellevig
as Student No. 2
Sue Flack
as Carolyn
Jack McKusay
as Boyfriend
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Critic Reviews for Food of Love

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

This is mild-mannered, been-there material given a pedestrian spin by a director who needed a touch of the flamboyant, the outrageous.

February 6, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The performances and tight direction from Ventura Pons keep the film from descending into cheap melodrama.

Full Review… | December 13, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Plays like a glossy melodrama that occasionally verges on camp.

November 15, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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It's the extra layer that makes this one, the movie's understanding of how disillusion and inner compromise can gradually separate a young artist from his divine spark.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

I suspect that there are more interesting ways of dealing with the subject.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

An elegant work, Food of Love is as consistently engaging as it is revealing.

Full Review… | October 31, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Food of Love


I really enjoyed this film. There were many flaws though. The acting seemed disjointed, especially the lead character. The mother was really way over the top, I wish she would have been just a little more tame. The ending was really way open. So, much so that I almost rated this lower

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

Fair overall although I don't like the film turning from quite a decent homo love story into some kind of coming-of-age/ coming-out cliche from the middle. And the ending was so abruptly & confusingly wrapped up. Kevin Bishop is wonderful & properly fits for his character. Juliet Stevenson is good as always too. And Paul Rhys... wow... his face was so heavily made up.


Once the excellent Rhys and Corunder are off-screen, the film's overall staginess and the inconsistent work of the supporting cast become glaringly apparent.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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