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Food of Love (2002)

 -  Drama | Music  -  8 February 2002 (Spain)
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Paul, a handsome and talented music student is employed as the page-turner at one of the world famous pianist Kennington's concerts in San Francisco.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pamela Porterfield
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Paul Porterfield
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Joseph Mansourian
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Richard Kennington
Craig Hill ...
Izzy
Leslie Charles ...
Tushi
Pamela Field ...
Diane
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Teddy (as Naïm Thomas)
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Novotna
Mingo Ràfols ...
Waiter
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Receptionist
Pepa López ...
Gypsy
Mauricio Cruz ...
Hector (as Mauricio De La Cruz)
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Hustler
Carlos Castañón ...
Alden
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Storyline

Paul, a handsome and talented music student is employed as the page-turner at one of the world famous pianist Kennington's concerts in San Francisco. Not only is Paul diligent but also extremely attractive, a fact noticed by Kennington and his agent Mansourian, two men at the top of their chosen careers. Kennington and Paul meet again in Barcelona, where the boy is on holiday with his mother, Pamela, who is trying to get over her husband leaving her. Paul and Kennington fall in love but this has very different implications for both men. Kennington rushes back home escaping from commitment. Pamela, meanwhile, begins to recover her self-confidence but Paul is no longer a child. Back in the United States Paul learns that his musical career is not going to progress as desired; he simply is not talented enough. Paul and Pamela will learn through their living experience how to build a deeper relationship. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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8 February 2002 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Früchte der Liebe - Food of Love  »

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$3,692 (USA) (25 October 2002)

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$3,692 (USA) (25 October 2002)
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Soundtracks

Sonata No. 8, Op. 13
By Ludwig van Beethoven (as Beethoven)
Performed by Josep Lluís Pérez (piano)
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29 March 2005 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Here is the most apt example I've seen lately in which everything is just a bit off the mark. Although I'm not familiar with Leavitt's novel, I have read other pieces of his work and find it equally uneven. For example, his central theme here of music being the "food of love" (one of Shakepeare's most quoted lines) just never reaches a level of complete fulfillment within the context of this often pretentious and sappy melodrama. Although the original title ("The Page Turner") implies a subtle judgment that the main character is doomed to eternal mediocrity, and opening scenes of the film confirm that hint, "Paul" is nevertheless forced upon the audience as a worthy protagonist whose professional and personal fate is vitally important. That kind of maybe-he-is and maybe-he-isn't paradigm is plain confusing, and it shows. Plot weaknesses are also apparent throughout. Similarly, the very high production values of the movie are constantly being undercut by laughable presumptions that an American audience could ever accept British actors straining to sound correct in their roles within an obviously European setting being palmed off (sorry) as California. Or am I being too picky? Geraldine McEwan as a Czech (?) piano teacher sounds exactly like Robin Williams playing Mrs. Doubtfire. And Juliet Stevenson comes across as a sort of über-California caricature. Moreover, the background scenes of New York are clearly scissors-and-paste.

Be that as it may, I give this one a 7 out of 10 for showing Barcelona as not only a fascinating place, but also as an excellent locale for making a movie.


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