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The Mistress of Spices (2005)

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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Paul Mayeda Berges

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Gurinder Chadha (screenplay), Paul Mayeda Berges (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Tilo (as Aishwarya Rai)
Dylan McDermott ... Doug
Nitin Ganatra ... Haroun Rehman
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Kwesi
Caroline Chikezie ... Myisha
Anupam Kher ... Geeta's Grandfather
Shaheen Khan Shaheen Khan ... Jagit's Mother
Sonny Gill Sonny Gill ... Jagjit (as Sonny Gill Dulay)
Nina Young ... Doug's Mother
Toby Marlow Toby Marlow ... Young Doug
Padma Lakshmi ... Geeta
Zohra Sehgal ... First Mother (as Zohra Segal)
Paul Bhattacharjee ... Satish - Geeta's dad
Ayesha Dharker ... Hameeda - Haroun's neighbor
Rebecca Bowden Rebecca Bowden ... Bougainvillea Girl
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK | Isle Of Man | India

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Condimentos para el amor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£85,563 (United Kingdom), 23 April 2006, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The motorcycle used in the film is a 2004 790cc Triumph (Hinckley) Bonneville. See more »

Goofs

During the scene when Doug tells Tilo about his relationship to his mother, the glass of lemon soda that she gives him is full, then when he sets it down it's empty. Then he raises it again to his mouth, and it's full again. See more »

Quotes

Tilo: Fenugreek, Tuesday's spice, when the air is green like mosses after rain.
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Connections

Referenced in The Contractor (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha
Performed by Bally Sagoo
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Aishwarya Rai Makes This Little Film Worth
11 November 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In India, Tilo (Aishwarya Rai) 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 (Zohra Segal) 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 (Dylan McDermott), she feels a great attraction and desire for him, breaking the first rule and being punished by the spices.

"The Mistress of Spices" is a predictable but pleasant film that uses the idea of movies like "Chocolate", "Woman on Top", "Como Agua Para Chocolate" blending romance with food or spice or chocolate or cookies. Therefore, the flawed story has no originality and is quite boring and messy in many moments. However, the cinematography is wonderful, with magnificent colors highlighted on DVD. Further, the gorgeous Miss World 1994 and Queen of Bollywood Aishwarya Rai makes this little film worth with her beauty and participating in most of the scenes. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Sabor da Magia" ("The Flavor of Magic")


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