in boiling point We see a chef at one of the best restaurants in London under tremendous pressure. Captured in one long camera motion, director Philippe Barantini evokes an unprecedented sense of urgency.
As soon as we see chef Andy enter his restaurant, it turns out that this guy has almost reached the boiling point. Since its unforgettable start in grab (2000) Stephen Graham has played many angry guys and Andy is also a barrel full of stored emotions.
The recent divorce took its toll. And now, on a busy eve before Christmas, an inspector from the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority is on the doorstep. After the judge makes a short act of running the kitchen late for Andy, the chef takes his frustration out of his pamphlet of kitchen helpers.
This is just the beginning of a tumultuous evening full of personal hassles, a half-empty store and a packed restaurant. As if serving dozens of bowls of oysters, lamb legs, and mackerel wasn’t stressful enough, the TV chef who was Andy’s boss comes to dinner tonight. The unexpected guest brought a notorious restaurant critic with him and stirred up many old wounds in awkward table conversations. To beat the competition, the TV celebrity ordered an extra dish of spice. Because: “This dish is 98 percent higher. Andy has always needed me to push him to great heights.”
As an image of a talented chef on the verge of succumbing to personal and professional pressures, boiling point passed anyway. The dramatic acting helps Stephen Graham a very strong acting group. The drama is driven by an equally strong script, with dialogues that seem natural. What makes the film special is the lengthy camera movement that director Philippe Barantini and cinematographer Matthew Lewis use to engage the viewer in the inevitable meltdown of the main character.
Definitely unlike the talent of Alexander Sokurov Russian Arko (2002), or manipulative excitement Utøya 22. July (2018) by Eric Pope, Parantini and colleagues used that continuous shot to wander almost casually through a London restaurant. The camera regularly breaks away from Andy to focus on a touching mother-son drama at the pastry shop or the annoying noise of arrogant influencers wanting to order something from the menu. Behind this apparent indifference, of course, lies an insane amount of organization and timing: just as in the kitchen of a professional restaurant, all the ingredients must be in the right place at the right time and everything must go right the first time.
boiling point Filmed in March 2020. In the lead up to the first COVID lockdown, the schedule was reduced from four days to two production days. That would certainly contribute to a tangible sense of urgency.
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