Kings of Pastry (2010)

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Film Forum is pleased to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of KINGS OF PASTRY, by legendary documentary filmmaking team, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (DONT LOOK BACK, MONTEREY POP, THE WAR ROOM), opening September 15. Sixteen contenders seek the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France ("MOF"), France's highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie, employing vast amounts of sugar, butter and eggs - not to mention adrenaline - to create gorgeous, fantastical, delicious creations. Some of the world's most accomplished chefs gather in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates and elaborate cream puffs to six-foot-high sugar sculptures. D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus secured exclusive access to shoot this never-before-filmed event. They follow chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago's French Pastry School, as he journeys to his childhood home of Alsace to practice for the contest. During the competition itself, chefs work under constant scrutiny by master judges and their critical palates. These pastry marathoners race to deliver their creations (including extraordinarily fragile sugar sculptures) without shattering them. It's a suspenseful quest for artistic perfection - brimming with passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy - to become one of the KINGS OF PASTRY. -- (C) Film Forum
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NR
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Documentary , Special Interest
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The Food Network is awash with cooking- and baking-competition shows, but The Kings of Pastry operates on a much higher level.

Full Review… | December 9, 2010
Miami Herald
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Documentary peeking into a high-stakes French competition will fascinate foodies.

Full Review… | December 3, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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The documentary proves almost as sweet as its subject.

Full Review… | December 3, 2010
Globe and Mail
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What makes Kings of Pastry more than a sugar-coated showcase of culinary porn is its emphasis on the individual human dramas that exist behind all of these delicacies.

Full Review… | December 1, 2010
Toronto Star
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As satisfying as, er, pain au chocolat.

Full Review… | November 23, 2010
Washington Post
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Beyond the treats, which are complicated and no doubt mind-bending to consume, the film has its layers as well.

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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½

Don't even consider this as a Reality Cooking Contest, this is a true title is at stake. After watching this documentary you'll never see your pastry the same way ever again. Another production where D.A. Pennebaker comes through

Dr. AlphonSeuss
Dr. AlphonSeuss
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If you are interested in the culinary arts, you will probably like this documentary about three of the 16 chefs seeking the Maitre Ouvrier de France designation; if you're looking for an uplifting tale of overcoming adversity, you'll be mostly satisfied, though the director's angle leaves a little to be desired - it kind of felt like he just turned the camera on. The low budget filming bothered me, too. Interesting enough, and not much "wrong with it," but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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Wonderful film about the process of becoming a MOF (a best of France chef) in pastry. Fascinating, emotional, and exciting.

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