I just recently took my husband and daughter to see this movie. I wasn’t sure if it would be too slow, too ‘foodie’ or what to expect. I was hoping for a simple story that had a sweet message & that is exactly what we got. All three of us left the theater feeling sentiments of sweetness and gratitude for seeing this breathe of freshness.
I wanted to share some of my thoughts and lessons that I took away from this movie:
The details matter in food and in life: This movie definitely makes you want to learn a little more about food and the love that goes into making such beauty. The passion these chefs had for food was brought about by loved ones, memories of childhood, walks in the woods looking for mushrooms, the sweet ingredients…it made you admire the deep love they had for something, even if it was food. Life is like that. If we can look at everything we do and find the precious in it, how beautiful life would be.
I was just at the market and noticed a large pile of watermelons all neatly stacked together. I had to take a snapshot of the beautiful textures and colors, the beauty held within the details. When we can begin to appreciate the little things, the details, everything else will become even better.
Never give up. Try and try again: I loved the humble, innocent personality of the young chef Hassan. He had such a desire to learn all he could, to open his mind, to try new things, to experiment, to TRY. Even though he was shamed at one point. He did not give up, he did not question his ability. He tried again.
Believe in yourself: The young female chef, Marguerite was very skilled and talented. She had a love of cooking, but she became jealous of the skills and talent that Hassan had. She created a wedge between them & was always trying to outdo because she did not believe enough in herself.
We often allow others to make us feel small, to our own detriment. If we are always striving to be true to ourselves, we will shine and allow others to shine as well.
There are others put into our lives as gifts and challenges: Hassan was definitely a blessing and a curse to the young chef Marguerite. She had a beautiful heart and was very giving to Hassan & wanted to help him. But, the real challenge came when she was outshined. She had to learn to see the gifts and challenges that were created for her by having Hassan in her life.
In the end, it is better to always have a loving heart: Madame Mallory had to face many challenging situations with the Kadam family & she was not happy about any of them. She fought everything to her ability, but in the end she realized that what she really needed was an open, loving heart.
Well, I hope these small lessons make you want to see this sweet, beautiful movie. I think anyone can take away something wonderful from this movie if you seek to find it. There truly are so many beautiful things. Hope you enjoy.
-Peace to you. Heather