In 2009, the three-Michelin-stars French chef Michel Bras decides to hands his restaurant over to his son Sebastien, who has been working with him for 15 years. Step up to the plate tells the story of these extraordinary dishes prepared by a father and a son, in the hilly landscape of Aubrac region. We follow this gastronomic transmission, and enter intimately in their family ties. Between Jonathan Nossiter's Mondovino and Raymond Depardon's La Vie Moderne, this documentary draws a moving and joyful portrait of this outstanding family devoted to the Haute Cuisine for three generations...Written by
I went to this film because I enjoy cooking and learning about how successful chefs prepare food and run their restaurants. What I saw was a vanity piece that had little to do with either. The movie is divided into seasons, which are virtually indistinguishable and make you wish the year would pass quickly. You'll view many model shots of pere and fils Bras (close-up, distance, various angles) and their restaurants and surrounding countryside, unaccompanied by narrative. In one rare food-related scene the duo are commiserating over a fussy dish as though it were a difficult problem in theoretical physics. The film has a staged quality lacking in naturalness and spontaneity. It should not have been released commercially and should be reserved for viewing by the Bras family and friends and potential investors in their enterprises.
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