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A Touch of Spice (2003)

Politiki kouzina (original title)
"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
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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 ...
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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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Based on Tassos Boulmetis's personal experiences See more »

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At Aishe's ballet class, the pianist that we see isn't playing anything close to what we hear. See more »

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Fanis Iakovides: As The Turks sent us away as Greeks, The Greeks received us as Turks.
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Strong emotions
17 July 2004 | by (Thessaloniki, Greece) – See all my reviews

This movie explores a painful chapter of the recent Greek history; that of the Greeks of 'Polis' (Konstantinoupolis/Istabul) and their suffering because of the political turbulence that dominated Greek-Turkish relations of the 20th century.

The whole movie seems to be an allegory and addresses things through the particular cooking habits (and abilities) of the Greeks of Polis. It has it all: sweetness, bitterness, love, pain. The main actors perform very well but this is not the case for a couple of the supporting ones. The music is discrete and effective and serves its purpose very well in the nostalgic atmosphere.

In any case, the movie achieves to evoke strong emotions and does not deviate from its course for a happy ending. Highly recommended!


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