Paul Lacoste, shown at left, has done a swell job of making his film inclusive -- of the restaurants (there's another one in Japan!) its chefs, their family, friends and community, and of course, the food. And while it is that food that has made the family name, this documentary, unlike a number of others, would not qualify for the relatively new genre of "food porn" because it is about so much more than the thrill of merely stuffing our faces with exotic, expensive, fancy-to-foolish cuisine.
TrustMovies' mind, much more interesting topics, Lacoste engages with the old bugaboo of the senior male retiring, stepping down, and allowing the heir to take center stage. While nothing about this is shoved in our faces, the scenes that show dad, Michel, tasting one or another of the concoctions served up by his son, Sébastien (note dad's expression, above), turn the movie into a whole new mini-genre you might call edible Oedipal.
The Cinema Guild and running 84 minutes), opens this Friday in New York City at the Lincoln Plaza and Quad cinemas, and will begin its limited released in another ten cities next week. You can check all currently scheduled playdates here. (Above is shown perhaps the next chef in this famous food family's chain: Michel's grandson.)