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The Mistress of Spices (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 21 April 2006 (UK)
In India, Tilo has the ability of foreseeing the future. When their parents are killed by bandits, she is kidnapped but escapes and is raised by the First Mother in a sort of traditional ... See full summary »

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Tilo (as Aishwarya Rai)
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Doug
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Haroun Rehman
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Kwesi
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Myisha
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Geeta's Grandfather
Shaheen Khan ...
Jagit's Mother
Sonny Gill Dulay ...
Jagjit
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Doug's Mother
Toby Marlow ...
Young Doug
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Geeta
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First Mother
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Satish - Geeta's dad
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Hameeda - Haroun's neighbor
Rebecca Bowden ...
Bougainvillea Girl
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In India, Tilo has the ability of foreseeing the future. When their parents are killed by bandits, she is kidnapped but escapes and is raised by the First Mother in a sort of traditional cult of spices. She becomes the Mistress of Spices and is sent to the Spice Bazaar in San Francisco, with the mission of following three basic rules: help her clients to accomplish their desires with the spices, but never hers; never leave the store; and never be touched in the skin. When she meets the handsome American architect Doug, she feels a great attraction and desire for him, breaking the first rule and being punished by the spices. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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spice | bandit | india | mother | indian | See All (123) »

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One spice for passion. And one woman who knows its name.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Condimentos para el amor  »

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£85,563 (United Kingdom), 23 April 2006, Limited Release
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Director Paul Mayeda Berges cast Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for the role of Tilo while she was working on Bride & Prejudice (2004). He gave her the script to read and was interested in the part of Tilo, and so Paul cast her. See more »

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Towards the end, Doug hits red chili peppers with his shoulder. The chili start turning. In the next shot they are still, and in the following one they are swinging. See more »

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Tilo: Fennel, which is the spice for Wednesdays, the day of averages, of middle-aged people... Fennel... smelling of changes to come.
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Referenced in The Contractor (2007) See more »

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Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha
Performed by Bally Sagoo
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A fairytale, particularly pleasant to the eyes
2 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's difficult for any one who has a good appreciation for culinary art not to be attracted to this spicy shop, spacious, tastefully appointed, with thousands of colourful spices displayed in so many different interesting fashions. A sheer joy for the eyes.

So is Aishwaryi Rai, Miss World of 1994, who graces the screen with wide-eyed innocence through most of the movie and appears in the last scene radiating with alluring glamour in a bright red evening gown, with her hair finally let down, falling like graceful ripples to her shoulder.

Even accepting the premise of a fairy tale, it's hard to believe how Tilo (Rai) can run her spice shop all by herself without EVER leaving it, the first of three conditions for having her power bestowed by "the spices". The second is easier to abide by if one is careful, not to touch the skin of any human being. The third is not to use the power to benefit herself. This "power" is a vague ability to see other people's past and sometimes future and to use spices to help them.

The romance with dashing architect Doug (Dylan McDermott) is appropriately low-key, and hence believable. Subplots include Tilo's various customers, with their assortment of problems, many caused by cultural clashes in southern California.

All told, this is a delightful little fairy tale which is particularly pleasant visually. I can't help but think that it should also come with these new gimmicks, as a movie with smells. This is the perfect movie for it.


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