Here are some beautiful movies about food, if you want to feed your eyes in this lockdown. We've selected 10 movies which we think will tantalise your foodie senses, with options for all ages, as well as movies from various different countries.
"Vianne Rocher, an expert chocolatier and her six-year-old daughter Anouk, drift across Europe following the north wind. In 1959, they travel to a quiet French village that closely adheres to tradition, as dominated by the village mayor, the Comte de Reynaud. Just as the villagers begin observing the 40 days of Lent, Vianne opens a chocolate shop, much to Reynaud's displeasure." - Wikipedia
"A pair of truck drivers, the experienced Gorō and a younger sidekick named Gun, stop at a decrepit roadside ramen noodle shop. Outside, Gorō rescues a boy who is being beaten up by three schoolmates. The boy, Tabo, turns out to be the son of Tampopo, the widowed owner of the struggling business, Lai Lai. When a customer called Pisken harasses Tampopo, Gorō invites him and his men to step outside. Gorō puts up a good fight, but outnumbered by Pisken and his men, he is knocked out and wakes up the next morning in Tampopo's home. When Tampopo asks their opinion of her noodles, Gorō and Gun tell her they are "sincere, but lack character." After Gorō gives her some advice, she asks him to become her teacher. They decide to turn her establishment into a paragon of the "art of noodle soup making". " - Wikipedia
Sweet Bean (2015)
"The film centres around Sentaro, a middle-aged man who runs a small dorayaki shop in the outskirts of Tokyo. The shop is frequented by locals as well as secondary-school pupils. When he puts up a notice saying that he is looking for a co-worker, he is approached by Tokue, a lady in her mid-seventies, who states that she has always wanted to work in a dorayaki shop." - Wikipedia
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2000)
"Flint Lockwood is a wannabe-scientist who lives in Swallow Falls, a fictional tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that has sardines as the base of its economy, but the Baby Brent Sardines cannery shut down due to worldwide disgust of sardines as food, which was all the residents had to eat from then on. Flint lives with Tim, his widowed technophobic father, and his pet monkey, Steve. Despite Flint's enthusiasm, his inventions, including spray-on shoes, a flying car, a monkey thought translator, hair "un-balder", a remote-controlled TV, and rat birds, all end in failure.
One day, Flint invents a machine that transforms water into food called the "Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator" (FLDSMDFR)." - Wikipedia
Haute Cuisine (2012)
"Hortense Laborie, a renowned chef from the Périgord region in France, is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps." - Wikipedia
The Birth of Saké (2015)
"The Birth of Saké is a 2015 documentary film about the Tedorigawa Brewery, a 144-year old sake brewery in Ishikawa Prefecture. The Birth of Saké documents the painstaking process of traditional, craft saké brewing that lasts throughout the winter." - Wikipedia
"Remy is a highly intelligent and idealistic young rat with unusually acute senses of taste and smell, who dreams of becoming a chef like his idol, the late Auguste Gusteau. However, the rest of his colony, including his brother Emile and his father Django, are interested in food only for sustenance. One day, Remy and Emile go to retrieve seasoning for some of Remy's food only to have an encounter with the homeowner whose ceiling houses their colony, forcing the colony to flee. Remy is separated from the clan and eventually finds himself above the kitchen of Gusteau's Restaurant in Paris." - Wikipedia
Julie & Julia (2009)
"The film is presented in a series of flashbacks between present day and past, jumping between various moments in both Julie and Julia's lives. The following plot summary separates the plot based on character.
In the 1950s, Julia Child, an enthusiastic and unabashed woman, moves to Paris with her diplomat husband, Paul Child. She attends Le Cordon Bleu to learn French cooking, and is initially met with skepticism as she is the only woman in the class. Madame Elizabeth Brassart, the proprietress of the school and Child clash. She is undaunted however, and begins collaborating on a book about French cooking for American housewives with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle.
In 2002, Julie Powell is a young writer with an unpleasant job at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's call center, where she answers telephone calls from victims of the September 11 attacks and members of the general public complaining about the LMDC's controversial plans for rebuilding the World Trade Center. She is discontented with this, and is disheartened at watching her acquaintances succeed in their own professions. She is happily married to Eric Powell, a writer for a magazine. To do something she enjoys, she decides to cook every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) in one year." - Wikipedia
The Lunchbox (2013)
"Ila is a young wife seeking her husband's attention and looking for ways to put romance back into her marriage, one of which is to cook delicious lunches for him. She sends the lunchbox through the famous Mumbai "dabbawalas," a complicated system that picks up and delivers lunches from restaurants or homes to people at work. Due to a mix-up, the lunchbox Ila prepares for her husband gets delivered, instead, to Saajan Fernandes, a widower who is about to retire from his job as an accountant." - Wikipedia
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
"Charlie Bucket is a poor boy who lives near the Wonka Candy Company. The company's owner, Willy Wonka, has long closed his factory due to problems concerning industrial espionage that led him to fire all his employees, including Charlie's Grandpa Joe. Charlie's father, meanwhile, has recently been made redundant at work. One day, Wonka announces a contest in which Golden Tickets have been placed in five random Wonka Bars worldwide, and the winners will receive a full tour of the factory as well as a lifetime supply of chocolate, while one will receive a special prize at the end of the tour." - Wikipedia