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A Touch of Spice (2003)
"Politiki kouzina" (original title)

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"A Touch of Spice" is a story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor,teaches him that both food and life require a ... See full summary »

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Fanis Iakovidis (as George Corraface)
Ieroklis Michaelidis ...
Savvas Iakovidis
Renia Louizidou ...
Soultana Iakovidou
Tamer Karadagli ...
Mustafa
Basak Köklükaya ...
Saime
Tassos Bandis ...
Grandpa Vasilis
Stelios Mainas ...
Uncle Aimilios
Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos ...
Fanis - 18 years old
Markos Osse ...
Fanis - 8 years old
Thodoros Exarhos ...
Thrasyvoulos
Athinodoros Prousalis ...
Iordanis
Kakia Panagiotou ...
Aunt Elpiniki
Dina Mihailidou ...
Dorothea
Themis Panou ...
Osman Beis
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Saime - 5 years old
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"A Touch of Spice" is a story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor,teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor; they both require... A Touch of Spice. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. 35 years later he leaves Athens and travels back to his birthplace of Istanbul to reunite with his grandfather and his first love; he travels back only to realize that he forgot to put a little bit of spice in his own life. Written by Anonymous

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Fanis Iakovides: Mussels always remind me of the hammam. When we'd go there I'd hear the elders open their souls as mussels do when steamed.
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Surprisingly Good Greek Film
14 February 2005 | by (Volos, Greece) – See all my reviews

I kept putting off seeing this film, because there was so much fuss about it, I was sure I was going to be disappointed. Well, I finally watched it last night and I was pleasantly surprised: This film is actually as good as most people say it is. At first glance it seems to be a film about food (which is not bad - hey, I love food), but turns out to be so much more. The reasons I liked it? Well, read on.

First of all, it is a way above average production for Greek film standards. Music, camera-work, photography, CGI, script,acting, everything is very well done. Some people complain about the CGI used, saying that it looks fake, that it looks more like a painting (mostly the shots of Istanbul), that it looks unrealistic. Well, they are probably right: it does look a bit unrealistic, but I think this is intentional. We see someone's memories and memories tend to be polished and larger than life.

Second, it is probably the only Greek film I've seen that, while dealing with a subject that only Greeks and Turks can really relate to, you don't have to be a Greek to enjoy it. It's easy on the eyes, it's touching, it's well written. And, amazingly, it deals with Greek-Turkish relationships without passing blame: it provides the facts but avoids passing judgment (this is actually very rare, as both Greeks and Turks tend to blame each other when these events are mentioned).

Finally, you end up feeling better (and hungry) after watching this film, which is reason enough to watch it. Highly recommended to everyone, I give this film 10 out of 10.


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