I went on a mini movie binge yesterday to take advantage of the fact that I had absolutely no desire whatsoever to get any work done. I watched two movies that are definitely worth your time and shekels.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary about the only sushi chef in the world receive three Michelin stars. To put that in a little bit of perspective, receiving one star is almost impossible. When I shot the award winning travel cook book Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves, the writer and I visited a few restaurants that had one Michelin star – it was truly an astounding experience. Also, Michelin revisits star recipients and if the restaurant quality falters, they take their stars away.
Jiro’s three star wonder is in the bottom floor of an office building near a subway station. The sushi bar only seats ten. The movie is about obsession, commitment to a craft and subtlety as much as it’s about sushi. I really can’t recommend this little doc enough. It’s only about eighty minites, so if you wanted to take a long lunch over a bento box, your time would be well spent with this movie.
The second movie I caught on the big screen. Farewell My Queen is the story of the French Revolution as seen from the eyes of the Sidonie, the queen’s reader. It is a beautifully crafted and acted film with a unique perspective of a well known historical story. If you can see it in the next week on the big screen, do it. If you can’t put on your list of movies to rent soon.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi Trailer
Farewell My Queen Trailer