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The Lunch Date (1989)

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A woman misses her train and buys lunch in a café. When she returns to her table, a man is eating her salad.

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In a cafe, a white woman walks away from her table to get silverware. When she returns, she sees a black man eating her lunch. She shares her dinner with the stranger, and he gets coffee for the two of them. Not until he leaves does she look across the room and see that her own meal was on another table. The story derives from a classic urban legend, usually referred to as "A Packet of Biscuits" and circulating since 1972. The same plot was used in the Dutch film "Boeuf Bourgignon" (1988), although neither filmmaker was aware of the other film. Written by Anonymous

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Happiness, Which Is Usually Invisible
29 June 2013 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

This film consists of racial discrimination, difference between richness and poverty and genuine happiness. A woman, who is white, misses a train because it takes time after she bumps into a man and gathers all of her scattered possessions. She is depressed and goes to a lunchroom in the station. She gets salad and tries to eat it, but she realizes that she forgets to bring a fork. Therefore she leaves her seat to get a fork and returns there to find a man, who is black, eating the salad. She is angry with him and tries to get it back, but he won't stop eating it. She gives up and eats the salad with him. When they finish it, things will start.

At first, I thought this film was a ind of tragedy because the woman is so unfortunate that a lot of troubles happens around her. However, in the middle of this film, it made a different impression on me. It is a rather heart-warming film. When you watch the ending, you might realize that my words make sense.

In addition to this, this film shows several problems, such as racial discrimination and poverty. In the station, there are a lot of people including both whites and blacks. Most whites are well-off compared with blacks. In the situation, the white woman and the black man eat one salad together. It is profound and had me think about the problems.

Today when a lot of things are very confusing, happiness is invisible. Therefore most of us hardly ever notice it. We should have breaks and watch around. This film taught me such a thing.


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