Movie Review : TOAST

星期三, 六月 13, 2012

Director: S.J. Clarkson
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott, Victoria Hamilton


TOAST is the ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960’s

Based on the heart-wrenchingly bittersweet story of food writer, Nigel Slater’s
childhood, and set to the songs of Dusty Springfield, TOAST is a delicious
love letter to the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his
journey into adulthood. 

Nigel’s Mother was always a poor cook but her chronic asthma and addiction
to all things canned isn’t helping. No ordinary boy, Nigel on the other hand,
laps up cookbooks like they are porn, spending all his time gazing longingly at
the delights on offer in Percy Salt’s grocers.

Nigel’s Dad worries that there is something “wrong” with his son and the two
find it difficult to connect. Nigel finds it far easier relating to Josh, the
gardener, who teaches Nigel about the wonders of nature as they sit
munching freshly picked radishes and pork pies.

As his mother’s illness worsens so to do Nigel’s relations with his father. The
Bolognese he cooks is far too exotic; the uncooked Fray Bentos pie MUST be
finished; and his father’s rage as Nigel insists on picking every last bit of jelly
off the tinned ham at the annual picnic hits an all time high. Dad then fires
Josh for reasons unknown to Nigel.

Just before Christmas, Nigel’s mother dies, leaving Nigel and his father
heartbroken. Their touching efforts to look after each other, often through
gestures with food, sadly seem to miss the target and his father begins to
spend his evenings at the Masonic lodge until a new cleaner, Mrs Potter,
arrives on the scene. 

Mrs Potter’s curves, charms and lemon meringue pies quickly bewitch Nigel’s
father and much to Nigel’s horror, the three soon embark on a move to the
country. The one silver lining in the cloud of a new school is Domestic
Science class, where Nigel can finally shine and cooking soon becomes the
key weapon in the battle for Dad’s affections. Ironically, the main casualty of
these culinary skirmishes is Nigel’s father, as his waistline grows and grows
as Mrs Potter’s cooking turns competitive. 

Hoping to escape the madness, Nigel lands a job in the kitchen of his local
pub. It is here that Nigel’s eyes are opened to a world of opportunity, both
culinary and sexually. He is soon smitten with both the owner’s son and his

When his father dies, Nigel’s mind is set as he escapes the confines of the
countryside and packs a bag for London, arriving at the door of The Savoy

Devil's Review :
this movie come in the right time for parent's day in year 2012.

it is very touching and true about families love again with food.
when ever you got better culinary skill to secure a guy's tummy & grow his waistline, 
but you still can't get his heart completely with love.
it is very touching part comes when Nigel eating hard toast that he hate the most sadly after his mother dies.
Mrs Potter's in this movie makes a very important role,
as with her talent on cooking, this makes Nigel feel competitive to win back his dad's heart
and motivate Nigel to become a greatest chef in British.
but there is 1 down part of this movie are  surrounding with hate, upset, jealous, lack of happiness along the movie. 

Rating : 4/5

Watch Toast With Your Parent on this Father's Day would be great ~
Toast screening exclusively at GSC Mid Valley , GSC 1 Utama & GSC Pavilion.

Thanks for the invitation.

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