Last year's opening night attraction at the Spanish Cinema Now fest -- Chef's Special, all about cooking and sex -- was such a silly, woebegone misfire that it appears the folks at the FSLC decided to try the same formula again this year, in the hope of getting it right. They have -- but not as the opening night attraction. MEDITERRANEAN FOOD (Dieta mediterránea) debuts tomorrow, Saturday, and offers everything that the earlier movie lacked: style, sophistication, smarts, story-telling skill, and just about the sexiest trio of lead performers imaginable.
Writer/director Joaquín Oristrell (at right) is no stranger to popular, clever, mainstream Spanish fare, having already given us Sin vergüenza and Unconscious, both of which were at SCN in earlier years, plus the delightful What Makes Women Laugh?, available in the USA on DVD. The guy has the gift of glomming onto current (seemingly ever-current) trends like the liberation of women, food and sex and making the most of these. In his latest tale that spans three generations in a family of chefs, he moves along lickity-split as his characters grow, change and learn, oh, so many new tricks.