"Gourmet Club" follows a doctor who belongs to a small but exclusive gourmet club, in which the five upper-class members take turns providing the main course, wagering as to who can ... See full summary »
A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip... See full summary »
"Gourmet Club" follows a doctor who belongs to a small but exclusive gourmet club, in which the five upper-class members take turns providing the main course, wagering as to who can identify a mystery exotic ingredient. Things get interesting when the doctor's gambling problem catches up with him. Desperate, he comes up with the idea to use a truly shocking mystery ingredient to fool his colleagues, but he gets more than he bargained for when the mystery meal has a surprising and powerful effect on the members. Written by
I saw this TV-movie on Finnish national television last night and was positively surprised. Gourmet Club a story of a selected group of wealthy, upper class men, who get together once a month to a cabinet in a fancy restaurant to dine. Everyone in turn offers some special ingredient to the main course and the others bet of what that "mystery" meal is made of. If they guess wrong the person who provided the special ingredient wins the pot. One of the members has financial troubles and finds a way to get rid of them by bringing an ingredient the others will never guess. Or do they...?
Actors and performances were excellent. Hannu-Pekka Björkman in the lead was excellent and brought some very funny moments to the screen. His deadpan performance was a joy to watch. The American star Michael Badalucco has a small, but significant role and surprisingly spoke understandable Finnish! The atmosphere of the film was a mixture of present day and the 1950s: old cars and building, but modern cell phones and computers. It gave you a feeling the film didn't belong to any time.
I'll give Gourmet Club 9/10. Recommended to anyone who likes good acting and extraordinary cuisine. Bon Appetit!
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