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Recipes for Disaster (2008)

Katastrofin aineksia (original title)
A personal film about climate change.


John Webster
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Credited cast:
Anu Webster Anu Webster ... Self
Benjy Webster Benjy Webster ... Self
John Webster John Webster ... Self
Samuel Webster Samuel Webster ... Self




Director John Webster convinces his wife and two small children that the whole family should go on an oil diet, yet without having to give up their a middle class suburban lifestyle. All the everyday things that we don't do, or that we can't help doing, make up recipes for disaster. In this comedy of errors they find themselves questioning their values and putting to test their will power and ultimately, their happiness. Written by Millennium Film

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Interesting idea
26 November 2008 | by perttu_hartikainenSee all my reviews

"Receipes for Disaster" is about a family that decides to try living a full year without using any products or services manufactured or carried out by using oil and carbon. It was an entertaining and fun ride for about an hour and ten minutes, but in the near end I was getting restless and waiting for the conclusion. Finally it felt like one of those movies that could be 10 or 15 minutes shorter.

Even though the movie was a bit too long, I was still very pleased about the whole thing. It was an interesting idea to kick in for the fight against the global warming and if every person on the planet would do the same, we could manage to get ourselves a little more time before the oil runs out completely. If it really is so hard to live without oil for one year, how hard will it be when there isn't any 40 years from now? 8 out of 10 stars.

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Finland | Denmark


Finnish | English

Release Date:

19 September 2008 (Finland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Espoo, Finland See more »


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EUR586,662 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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