If your waist doesn’t widen during December, you’re doing something wrong. And, you also have incredible willpower. That’s right, we’re back in that time of year where every shop is decked out with glorious food and alcohol – yay! To get us all in the mood to break our diets, here are a few foodie treats for all.
Warning: food must accompany said films.
Director Lasse Hallström
Opening a chocolaterie during Lent might not win The Apprentice for Juliette Binoche, but it certainly wins everyone’s hearts. Proving that chocolate solves everything from broken families to having sex to finding love, this film is quite simply what it says on the tin – Chocolat. And, it is mouth-wateringly wonderful, helped of course by Johnny Depp’s man plait and guitar (*swoon*). The only upsetting factor being that you cannot reach into the screen and have a taste, but oh well, we’ll just have to settle for Cadbury’s. ****
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Director Spike Lee
This film isn’t all about glorifying food, it’s a serious portrayal and confrontation of racial tensions, in typically fabulous Spike Lee style. Taking place on the hottest day of the year in a Brooklyn street, tensions rise with the temperature around Sal’s famous pizzeria. Who knew pizza could be so problematic? ***
Director Martin Scorsese
Ah, again the racial stereotypes of Italian-Americans and their food takes centre stage, which is rather odd for a gangster film… Firstly, there’s the infamous prison dinner scene, where the inmates live and eat as kings. Never has prison been so appealing, especially when you’re on a student budget. After that, it appears Scorsese couldn’t help himself but incorporate food into the film’s climax, quite simply adding sauce to the flames of paranoia and a hectic helicopter chase. It makes for exciting stuff, honestly. *****
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Director Sofia Coppola
One word: pretty. It’s just so pretty and pink and sweet and cute. You would presume it to be ill-fitting against the backdrop of the French Revolution, mais non! It’s utterly beautiful, and more important, delicious! Accompanied with pugs, incredible costumes, a killer soundtrack (no period drama music here), a very young Mr Grey, and a palace fit for a queen, this is escapism at its best. “Let them eat cake” echoes through this film, and don’t you worry Sofia Coppola, we will eat cake. *****
Director Alexander Payne
For all the vinos out there – and heaven knows Exeter boasts quite a few – this film is for you. Set days before Jack’s wedding, he and his depressed friend head to the wine country, looking for fun, love, and just some good alcohol and food. Sideways is witty and relaxed, perfect to accompany Tesco’s bargain wine. Set under the California sun, this film will make you pine for summer as you’re sitting in your freezing student crib, but hey, you may not have warmth, but you most certainly can have wine. ***