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
"Step Up To The Plate" ("Entre les Bras") is a documentary about the handing over, gradually, of the reigns of Michel Bras' restaurant over to his son, Sebastian. For the most part, it's a simple style film--and is divided into segments entitled "Spring", "Summer", "Fall" and "Winter". But, aside from that, there doesn't appear to be a lot of structure to the film. It simply shows them making dishes and the father commenting on the son's work.
While I love cooking films like "Mostly Martha", "Babbette's Feast" and "The Big Night", I was amazed how bored I was with "Entre les Bras". Bored....completely. It's because the film seemed very slow and lifeless. It also offered no insight into the Bras and I felt I knew next to nothing about them as a result of the film. Overall, a big letdown.
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