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Knife Skills (2017)

What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have ... See full summary »

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What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade? We follow the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland. In this improbable setting, with its mouth-watering dishes and its arcane French vocabulary, we discover the challenges of men and women finding their way after their release. We come to know three trainees intimately, as well as the restaurant's founder, who is himself haunted by his time in jail. These men and women all have something to prove, and all struggle to launch new lives, an endeavor as pressured and perilous as the ambitious restaurant launch of which they are a part.

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80 Former Inmates. 1 World-Class Restaurant. A Second Chance.

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English

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29 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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Искусство ножа See more »

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Thomas Lennon Films See more »
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reintroducing former prisoners to the outside world can be a challenge
25 January 2019 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Thomas Lennon's Academy Award-nominated "Knife Skills" looks at a Cleveland restaurant that hires ex-cons as cooks. The restauranteur's goal is to help the men reintegrate into society and reduce recidivism. The documentary makes sure to acquaint the audience with the newly released men and identify what they were in for, letting us sympathize with them and hope that things turn out the best for them.

Good one. I recommend it.


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