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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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Paul Mayeda Berges

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Gurinder Chadha (screenplay), Paul Mayeda Berges (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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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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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: 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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References Chocolat (2000) See more »

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Don't Shake Me Up
Written and Performed by Tanita Tikaram
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Don't go in with high expectations
21 April 2006 | by mikhamSee all my reviews

I don't know what to say about this film. I went into it with zero expectations, apart from Aishwarya Rai to look stunning. So I was sort of pleasantly surprised. Make no mistake though, it is a poor film.

Ill keep it short because there isn't really much to say.

Story: Tilo (Aishwarya) is part of some ancient mystical cult which uses the power of spices to heal people, around the world. So she sets up shop in Oakland. She also has to relinquish any sort of personal desires, and can never leave the shop. Then she meets Doug (Dylan McDermott) and so the normal culture clash thing which pops up in every single one of Gurinder Chadha's films ensues. Blah blah blah...the end There are numerous flaws, but Ill start with the positives The Good - Aishwarya looked great. And she had a consistent accent. Performance was relatively good, given the other flaws inherent in this film - Santosh Sivan did a great job with cinematography. San Francisco looked fantastic Errm I think thats about it The Bad - The script was weak. there was no character development and it was padded out too much with contrived and unnecessary subplots. Anupam Kher was so badly wasted. I mean I think that some subplot was needed to show the way the spices work (or however you want to word it), but they really detracted form the main story, which itself wasn't up to much in the first place.

  • I think the very basic concept of the film was handled poorly. the makers never seemed to know themselves whether they were making a realistic film or some sort of magical/mystical fantasy. And resultantly there was no sort of ambiance, build-up or anything to keep someone interested to the end of it.


  • Absolutely no chemistry at all between Aishwarya and Dylan McDermott - On the same point, the performances were average at best. I think the fault does lie in the script and the direction as no one had any real scope for performance and they were all just basically required to look good for the camera.


  • Unnecessary voice-overs, really got to me As I said, if you go in with no expectations at all, you could well enjoy it, but its still a poorly made film.


4/10


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