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Halifax -- Hollywood's most fattening movies point the camera at compelling chefs. Recall Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, Tony Shalhoub in Big Night and Catherine Zeta-Jones in No Reservations. Those movies brought audiences into gilded pantries, while also bringing dirty pots and pans into the open. But European and other foreign food-themed movies mostly feature the big dinner, where eating well is the best revenge against life's woes and ills. Remember the mighty gorge in Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast, Alfonso Arau's Like Water for Chocolate, Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolat and Juzo Itami's Tampopo.

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