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Yet another smoothly produced doc for the foodie set.
Plays to sentiment in its second half but you can't help but admire the tenacity of these people, who have been tested repeatedly in almost Biblical fashion, yet come out swinging.
Though these stories have little to do with each other, all are gripping, and you watch the last third of "Spinning Plates" rapt.
The tales are worthwhile, but it's challenging to find a common thread among them that goes beyond vague generalities.
The movie doesn't always feel cohesive, but the stories are unexpectedly touching.
I must warn those of you who are sucrose intolerant that it might get cloying at first, or even dangerous to your health. But for those who can handle it, the piece de resistance is worth the wait.
The flavours, though lovingly prepared, don't always compliment one another. Perhaps it's because when we get to the 'and then the unthinkable happened' portion of the documentary, the lack of balance left an odd aftertaste.
Spinning Plates has three moving personal stories, and that's what makes it memorable.
Filmmaker Joseph Levy seems at ease infiltrating the communities that spring up within and around professional kitchens.
Proves there are no exhausted topics, only skilled (or the obverse) storytellers.
Rather than venerating the business of food, this documentary expertly points out that it is, indeed, a business and sometimes lives and livelihoods are at stake.
What at first seemed like very separate experiences begin to merge. All the restaurateurs want to feed people and make them happy, and each puts a little of themselves into the effort.
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