Knife Skills (2017)

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What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade? Knife Skills follows the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland. In this improbable setting, with its mouth-watering dishes and its arcane French vocabulary, we discover the challenges of men and women finding their way after their release. We come to know three trainees intimately, as well as the restaurant's founder, who is also dogged by his past. These men and women all have something to prove, and all struggle to launch new lives, an endeavor as pressured and perilous as the ambitious restaurant launch of which they are a part.

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While certainly a worthwhile story, the film feels as hastily made as the kitchen's mouthwatering offerings, though the result is not quite as tasty.

Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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A hugely positive example of how to pay it forward and help make the world a better place one person at a time. As a film, though, there's little unexpected in it.

Mar 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

What makes Knife Skills amazing is its goal of rehabilitation. It's about forgiveness, offering hope and giving second chances.

Feb 26, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Knife Skills is inspiring without being sappy.

Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Shot in a clean, crisp style that reflects the dynamics of the kitchen, Knife Skills is brilliantly edited and packs a lot into just 40 minutes.

Feb 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is a film with some great moments of personal insight, but its lack of focus left me slightly wanting.

Feb 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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