The Lunchbox (2014)
Critic Consensus: Warm, affectionate, and sweet but not cloying, The Lunchbox is a clever crowd-pleaser from first-time director Ritesh Batra.
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as Saajan Fernandes
as Mrs. Deshpande
as Mr. Shroff
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as Ila's Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Lunchbox
There's nothing wildly original here, but it's carried off with charm and wit, and a pair of very enjoyable central performances.
"The Lunchbox" doesn't offer easy solutions, but it is filled with keen observations. All meals should be this satisfying.
A pleasure, from the fascinating intricacies of Mumbai-style interlocking lunch containers to the quietly masterful performance of Khan.
Audience Reviews for The Lunchbox
A warm, melancholy drama that enchants and moves us even more thanks to the way that its three-dimensional characters reveal so much about themselves between the lines - and it is only a pity, though, that it drags a bit in the third act and ends in a rather frustrating conclusion.
A neglected housewife starts a correspondence with a widowed accountant nearing retirement when he is mistakenly delivered the special lunch she made to impress her distant husband. More interesting to Westerners for its peek at the lives and customs of average residents of modern day Mumbai than it is for its ordinary (though well-acted) drama. If this story was set in (say) Seattle, it would be a hopeless bore.
For a movie that relies heavily on the seductive qualities of food, The Lunchbox rarely dwells on the culinary delights prepared. It's hard not to think the filmmakers missed a golden opportunity to seduce the audience with the wonders of Indian cuisine. After all, in this parable food speaks louder than words ever could. What we do get is a nice romance that unfolds in a very delicate and deliberate manner. Ila is melancholy but radiant. Saajan is a stoic sourpuss. Both mature as a result of knowing each other. There's real drama in their interaction. At times it's so subtle and precious, we have to fill in the blanks as to what people are feeling. This translates into what they ultimately do. I won't spoil the conclusion, but it's as if the screenwriters think a tidy resolution is too predictable. Still, there's a lot to love, particularly the sensitive relationship that evolves among the principals. It's just that the desultory ending is a serious letdown after such a promising buildup. I found it frustratingly unsatisfying. The finish left me hungry for more. fastfilmreviews.com
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