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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Selected to the National Film Registry in 2013. See more »

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Edited into Cinema16: American Short Films (2006) See more »

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Let's Be Lonesome Together
by George Gershwin
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3 July 2013 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

In a cafe, an old woman orders a salad, and she goes back to the counter to get the fork to eat it. After she comes back to the seat, there is a stranger sitting her seat and eating the salad.

This is a monochrome picture. The whole package and music is beautiful and just fits this film. In my view, it is very surprising that the stranger is a gentle man. What a funny mistake the old woman makes! No one can comprehend what happens without seeing the last part of the story.

I recommend you should watch this film. The main actress does very charming mistakes in this film. Watch it and you will never forget it!


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