Short Order Reviews

  • Aug 20, 2017

    Fifi Koko runs a short order diner. She's afraid of her talent as a chef and hopelessly in love with her best friend Catherine, a taxi driver. Paulo is another chef who tries to convince Fifi to accept her talent and he also chops a finger off of people who dine and ditch, then makes food out of the fingers. There are also a few musical numbers. It's a charmingly quirky film that defiantly falls into the WTF territory. It's not for everyone, but I love it.

    Fifi Koko runs a short order diner. She's afraid of her talent as a chef and hopelessly in love with her best friend Catherine, a taxi driver. Paulo is another chef who tries to convince Fifi to accept her talent and he also chops a finger off of people who dine and ditch, then makes food out of the fingers. There are also a few musical numbers. It's a charmingly quirky film that defiantly falls into the WTF territory. It's not for everyone, but I love it.

  • Apr 29, 2017

    One of my favorite movies. Once again critic fail...

    One of my favorite movies. Once again critic fail...

  • Jun 13, 2012

    ignore the reviews, enjoy the film.

    ignore the reviews, enjoy the film.

  • Jan 14, 2011

    Wow I should have seen this years ago. It's been sitting in my Netflix streaming queue for a little bit and I've read about this movie a few years ago as well. I also had another title from director Anthony Byrne in my Netflix called How About You which is the film he directed right after this one. I will now have to watch that one as well. The movie is about a girl Fiona (Emma de Caunes in a spectacular role, so vibrant) who runs a short order diner in what looks to be a small Parisian neighborhood (although it's an Irish film). She's a master chef that gave it all up some time ago because she's afraid of failing. Everybody's telling her she's great and she should go back to it. She has a delivery driver (Cosmo Shiva Hagen-she's the daughter of punker Nina Hagen!!, what a name) who likes to take pictures of people and to talk to different people at night when she's delivering to people. She says each person is like a tiny snapshot of your life. There are words of wisdom that a lot of the characters say throughout the movie that add to the enjoyment of this wonderful film. Meanwhile her business is right by a restaurant run by Paulo (Rade Serbedzija in an amazing and hilarious role) and helping out with his restaurant is Pedro, a mute. I have seen this guy in other roles, I just can't remember in what. He's from Croatia and he's got 151 acting credits on IMDB. His is one of the best performances of the film. There's also a restaurant owner (John Hurt who I didn't even know was in this!!, what a great performance) who is constantly trying to convince Fiona to work for him. There's a few other recognizable actors in this which gives the film an added boost. This movie was a hybrid of a musical, whimsical, comedy, some introspective drama about being who you should be and who you are and above all amazing acting and direction. I urge anyone who wants to see an original here then look no further. This was a great surprise!! Highly recommended.

    Wow I should have seen this years ago. It's been sitting in my Netflix streaming queue for a little bit and I've read about this movie a few years ago as well. I also had another title from director Anthony Byrne in my Netflix called How About You which is the film he directed right after this one. I will now have to watch that one as well. The movie is about a girl Fiona (Emma de Caunes in a spectacular role, so vibrant) who runs a short order diner in what looks to be a small Parisian neighborhood (although it's an Irish film). She's a master chef that gave it all up some time ago because she's afraid of failing. Everybody's telling her she's great and she should go back to it. She has a delivery driver (Cosmo Shiva Hagen-she's the daughter of punker Nina Hagen!!, what a name) who likes to take pictures of people and to talk to different people at night when she's delivering to people. She says each person is like a tiny snapshot of your life. There are words of wisdom that a lot of the characters say throughout the movie that add to the enjoyment of this wonderful film. Meanwhile her business is right by a restaurant run by Paulo (Rade Serbedzija in an amazing and hilarious role) and helping out with his restaurant is Pedro, a mute. I have seen this guy in other roles, I just can't remember in what. He's from Croatia and he's got 151 acting credits on IMDB. His is one of the best performances of the film. There's also a restaurant owner (John Hurt who I didn't even know was in this!!, what a great performance) who is constantly trying to convince Fiona to work for him. There's a few other recognizable actors in this which gives the film an added boost. This movie was a hybrid of a musical, whimsical, comedy, some introspective drama about being who you should be and who you are and above all amazing acting and direction. I urge anyone who wants to see an original here then look no further. This was a great surprise!! Highly recommended.

  • Jan 10, 2010

    About the only positive part of this movie were the visuals. The negatives outweigh this aspect greatly: the dialogue is coerced along with the acting. I felt no connection with any of the characters and most of the attempts at humour fell short, with the exception of Rade Serbedzija's character, Paulo. The connection to food and sex was also contrived. I wouldn't say I hated the movie but I wouldn't recommend it.

    About the only positive part of this movie were the visuals. The negatives outweigh this aspect greatly: the dialogue is coerced along with the acting. I felt no connection with any of the characters and most of the attempts at humour fell short, with the exception of Rade Serbedzija's character, Paulo. The connection to food and sex was also contrived. I wouldn't say I hated the movie but I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Dec 06, 2009

    Ugh. An absolute ordeal to sit through. This is a pretentious movie that tries desperately to elevate itself by giving an overdose of what it supposes to be quirkiness, but just ends up really grating, like a baker who forgot to add eggs into his cake and tries to compensate by covering the entire thing with candles, pink ribbons and little action figures. Or like my attempt to describe how bad this movie is. Anyway, trust me, it’s bad.

    Ugh. An absolute ordeal to sit through. This is a pretentious movie that tries desperately to elevate itself by giving an overdose of what it supposes to be quirkiness, but just ends up really grating, like a baker who forgot to add eggs into his cake and tries to compensate by covering the entire thing with candles, pink ribbons and little action figures. Or like my attempt to describe how bad this movie is. Anyway, trust me, it’s bad.

  • Jan 28, 2009

    Ugh. An absolute ordeal to sit through. This is a pretentious movie that tries desperately to elevate itself by giving an overdose of what it supposes to be quirkiness, but just ends up really grating, like a baker who forgot to add eggs into his cake and tries to compensate by covering the entire thing with candles, pink ribbons and little action figures. Or like my attempt to describe how bad this movie is. Anyway, trust me, it stinks.

    Ugh. An absolute ordeal to sit through. This is a pretentious movie that tries desperately to elevate itself by giving an overdose of what it supposes to be quirkiness, but just ends up really grating, like a baker who forgot to add eggs into his cake and tries to compensate by covering the entire thing with candles, pink ribbons and little action figures. Or like my attempt to describe how bad this movie is. Anyway, trust me, it stinks.

  • Oct 19, 2008

    Just saw this and was so disappointed. Sold as Amelie with food, it is really a trite, overindulgence of the food is sex is life metaphors shrouded in hypercathected and overanalyzed existential B.S. Pop Literary and philosophical references do not make a movie deep or complex (especially when they seem only half-digested by the writer); they are just the self-absorbed, misogynistic musings of the overprivileged.

    Just saw this and was so disappointed. Sold as Amelie with food, it is really a trite, overindulgence of the food is sex is life metaphors shrouded in hypercathected and overanalyzed existential B.S. Pop Literary and philosophical references do not make a movie deep or complex (especially when they seem only half-digested by the writer); they are just the self-absorbed, misogynistic musings of the overprivileged.

  • Sep 30, 2008

    while i can't offer such insight as the others who reviewed this movie - i'm a sucker for sex and food. add pretty french women, with sexy french accents, and i'm gonna like it.

    while i can't offer such insight as the others who reviewed this movie - i'm a sucker for sex and food. add pretty french women, with sexy french accents, and i'm gonna like it.

  • Aug 03, 2008

    Når man blir lei av å se på de Caunes, er filmen en lidelse. En parade av pretensiøse og påtrengende sjarmeringsforsøk.

    Når man blir lei av å se på de Caunes, er filmen en lidelse. En parade av pretensiøse og påtrengende sjarmeringsforsøk.