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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 »

Director:

Tassos Boulmetis
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Cast

Credited cast:
Georges Corraface ... 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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gökçe Akyildiz ... Saime - 5 years old (as Gözde Akyildiz)
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Storyline

"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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Taglines:

Salt... is used as needed to spice up one's life See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Highest grossing greek film of all time, with over 1,5 million tickets sold. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Fanis Iakovides: Geography is magical and the place to learn it best is near a lighthouse. By the lighthouse, the compass spins wildly and the air magnetises both the mind and the eyes.
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Soundtracks

Panagia Valoukliotissa
Psaltery by Giorgos Reboutsikas
By Evanthia Reboutsika
(p) Cantini 2003
© Cantini 2003
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A cinematic masterpiece of the 21st century ... Tastefully done!
20 September 2004 | by rintintina2004See all my reviews

One of the BEST films (Foreign or English-speaking) that I have seen in the last decade! Hollywood take note, this is one Oscar-worthy Greek film with breathtaking cinematography, beautiful music, a clever screenplay and a great cast. In a nostalgic way, it will remind the moviegoer that both food and life require 'a touch of spice' to achieve that extra flavor. A heart-warming yet bittersweet story about a special bond that forms between a grandfather/mentor and his grandson, when he was a little boy, which lingers throughout his life as a teenager and, finally, as an adult ... with a mix of politics during those times. And the pretty young girl, who dances for him ... It will make you laugh; it will make you cry and, most likely, you will also leave the cinema wishing it did not end.


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Country:

Greece | Turkey

Language:

Greek | Turkish | English

Release Date:

24 October 2003 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,395,779
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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