El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
Posted 13 October 2011 - 09:56 PM
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:32 PM
I saw it at the VIFF here on Wednesday. Found it amazingly boring. It would have worked better as a magazine article. Almost nothing visually interesting happens until the last STILL photographs of the food. I have dined at the American equivalent of El Bulli (Alinea in Chicago) and several of the restaurants of Adria's student Jose Andres so the subject matter was not new to me. But not once during this long movie did I ever see anything that I really wanted to eat. For the price of a ticket ($15) and bus fare ($5) I could have some great food in Vancouver instead of this text book disguised as a movie.
I don't disagree with your criticism. This movie is not food porn, it is highly technical.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:33 AM
Oddly enough, I agree with all of the above critiques--
a fascinating, hard core film about the process at El Bulli. I loved the non intrusive style of film-making--like Frederick Wiseman, a hero of mine. Getting so close to the people of El Bulli was just incredibly enjoyable.
The building & grounds are gorgeous--it all made me wish I'd had a chance to visit there while it was open.
While I loved the intensity of the experimentation with ingredients, nothing I saw during the film made me want to eat any of it--as Adria said, he thought of food as an idea, whether good or bad wasn't too important.
HOWEVER--the final montage of the different dishes that make up a meal changed my mind--they were gorgeous, and looked rather luscious.