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Short Order (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Adventure | 16 May 2008 (USA)
A little bit of life, love, and wisdom come together over one night in the culinary underbelly, where life is a buffet, and everything is "Short Order".


Anthony Byrne


Anthony Byrne
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Emma de Caunes ... Fiona
Rade Serbedzija ... Paulo (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Cosma Shiva Hagen ... Catherine
Jack Dee ... Harry
Paul Kaye ... Cable Show guy
Vanessa Redgrave ... Marianne
John Hurt ... Felix
Paschal Friel Paschal Friel ... Pedro
Tatiana Ouliankina Tatiana Ouliankina ... Stefani
Vincent Fegan Vincent Fegan ... Master Chef / Sebastin Gruel
Tommy O'Neill Tommy O'Neill
Jon Polito
Eamonn Hunt Eamonn Hunt
Frédéric Andrau Frédéric Andrau
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Goodwin Adam Goodwin


This movie tells a story so vibrantly sumptuous each still could be served as its own meal. Amidst the quaint Parisian street night, Fifi Koko (Emma de Caunes) runs a petty short order diner. Although her name is famous in chef circles, she has placed her uncanny culinary skills on the back burner as she falls prey to an existential quagmire that fears her talent shall not overcome the expectations her reputation has sown. The late hours play out as Fifi must face her talent and unrequited love for a friend, while a collective stream of colorful creatures of the night make through Fifi's consciousness to feed her with temptation, insight, and humor on the path of her life-defining decision.

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Life is a buffet


Drama | Adventure


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If food is life, should one give their life for food?
24 July 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Before The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Mr. Bean's Holiday or The Science of Sleep, there was Short Order. While it has just reached our shores a couple of months ago, it is not a new film. It is, however, a film for those who like fantasy and lightness and beauty.

Of course, the great beauty in all the films mentioned is Emma de Caunes, the star of this film; a short order cook who is actually a great chef, but is afraid to step out and let the world judge her. De Caunes is enjoyable in every film I have seen above, and she is most enjoyable here.

Running a close second is her friend in the film, played by Cosma Shiva Hagen, whom I have not seen before, but certainly want to search out.

The rest of the cast, which included John Hurt and Vanessa Redgrave, as well as an enchanting Tatiana Ouliankina in her first film added to this strange fantasy about life and food in a way that can only be appreciated by viewing; mere words do their performances no justice.

There are two themes running throughout: one the quest for the whale al la Moby Dick, and the continual referencing of sex and food. It is quite hilarious to hear those references, and made the film well worth watching.

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16 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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Short Order - Das Leben ist ein Buffet See more »

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